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Water and health

14 October 2015

It was encouraging this month to note that tap water's important role toward improving public health has been highlighted by two key institutions.

The European Parliament, in its resolution following the Right2Water initiative, called on the Commission to do more to promote tap water. This is particularly noteworthy recognition from the top of the European tree.

In the UK, the recent draft programme for the All Party Parliamentary Water Group held a space for Water and Public Health discussions. This is positive news, as Water UK has consistently promoted the fundamental public health role of tap water as a responsibility of all involved in the sector.

Tap water's benefits are not restricted to hydration and the resulting improvements in functionality. It can also offset the consumption of sugary drinks, as well as helping to control eating, thus serving to combat against increasing health issues including obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

European Parliament resolution on the follow-up to the European Citizens' Initiative Right2Water

Drinking water quality

Jim Marshall - Policy and Business Adviser
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