Clarke Cable assists in clearing Cryptosporidium nightmare

Hundreds of thousands of people in Lancashire have recently been affected by water supply infected with the microbial parasite cryptosporidium.

The solution to eradicate this contamination, that can cause diarrhoea and abdominal cramps, is to treat the water with ultraviolet light to kill the microbial parasite

Water provider United Utilities said it had assessed hundreds of test results after discussions with Public Health England and, Clarke Cable customer ATG, were contracted to provide the necessary UV plant.

ATG, who are leaders in UV water treatment technology, contacted Commercial Manager David Broadhurst at 9 pm on Bank Holiday Saturday to request crucial support as they did not have enough bespoke cable systems to initiate the recovery.

By Mid-Day on the Bank Holiday Sunday Clarke’s Engineering Manager, Dave Clarke, had production under way with a deadline to have 10 units available by noon the next day. By working until 10pm that evening and a finishing off operation starting at 7am the Bank Holiday Monday, Clarke Cable was able to supply 22 units 30 minutes before the deadline.

As a result ATG were able to over-deliver to their customer United Utilities, and subsequently life started to get back to normal for the 200,000 or so households affected by the outbreak

A clearly delighted Richard Joshi, Technical Director of ATG who made the initial call, was full of praise for Clarke Cables response over and above the call of duty. The residents of Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Preston, South Ribble, Wyre and the Mellor area of Blackburn would be too.

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