Thames Water is the best

July 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Thames drinking water has been rated the best for the third year in a row, by the government’s quality control watchdog.

An annual report from the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), said that tap water supplied in the Thames region in 2009 was of good quality and was 99.97% compliant with official standards, the same result as 2008. The industry figure for compliance is 99.95%.

The Inspectorate looked at water treatment, service reservoir integrity and network maintenance and said that the region had benefited the most from water treatment.

The report also said there was a “longer term and positive improving trend in public confidence” related to the quality of tap water in the Thames region. And the number of people concerned about the appearance and taste of their drinking water had continued to decline.

Formed in 1990, the DWI was set up independently to make sure water companies in England and Wales supply high quality tap water to consumers throughout the UK. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a “collaborating centre “ for issues surrounding drinking water safety.

Thames Water is the largest water provider in the UK and carries out half a million quality tests each year. It has 8.7 million customers in London and the Thames Valley.

Martin Baggs, Thames Water’s chief executive, said the company was “really proud” that for a third year, its customers had been drinking “the best tap water of all major water companies in England and Wales”.

Thames Water share the lead position with South West Water, which scored 99.98% compliance.

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One response to “Thames Water is the best”

  1. Maureen Webb says:

    What about having a league table of the worst polluters instead?
    I think that Thames Water would rank fairly highly on that table too!

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