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Drinking water: a journey to success

Once again the excellent quality of our drinking water has been confirmed via the DWI results for England and Wales. This year’s Chief Inspector’s report also took the opportunity to reflect on the scale of the improvements over the past 25 years.

Built on a foundation of well managed companies and robust regulation, the quality of our tap water remains consistently among the best in the world.

The results speak for themselves – with 99.96% compliance in 2014 against tough quality standards – but there is still work to do. Legacy issues remain to be fully addressed in some areas and new challenges are emerging: pressures of population growth, climate change, and competing needs for use of a limited resources.

The water industry is well positioned to become even stronger over the next 25 years – to build and grow from where it is today. Established to protect public health, and meeting that aim in terms of quality, the industry still sees much to do to maintain public confidence and promote tap water as the key source of healthy hydration within our society.

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