It’s all about the water source News 24 title Drinking water in the UK is safe, says NHS source News Daily article Drinking water from a tap is safe for most people, according to a new report.
It is now believed that the UK has around 100 million taps, many of which are leak-proof.
NHS guidelines for safe water use state that people should never drink from a water source that has not been tested for bacteria and that they should avoid tap water that has been contaminated with bacteria.
Health chiefs have warned that a significant proportion of people are not aware of how to use tap water, and some people drink water from private taps.
Drinkwater experts are concerned about the lack of education around safe water.
“We know that the vast majority of households have access to safe tap water but a significant number are not, and that could be affecting the health of people in the community,” said Dr Lisa Jones from the University of Manchester.
The latest report comes after an emergency meeting of the Public Health Advisory Committee, which advises on drinking water issues.
Last week, the UK’s Health and Safety Executive warned that the number of deaths from drinking water related to infections was on the rise, with more than 4,000 people killed in England and Wales last year.
There were more than 5,600 people in hospital due to diarrhoea last year, the highest number in 20 years.
An estimated 1.8 million people in England were exposed to faecal contamination last year and a further 3.1 million had their tap water contaminated.
But the report said there was no evidence that the problem of tap water contamination had been solved.
Instead, the report recommended that governments and local authorities “consider new ways to increase water supply, including installing more filtering devices and water treatment systems”.
Dr Jones said the findings from the latest study would be an important indicator of how effective these measures were in increasing water supply.
In addition to the new advice, there is a new survey out in May that aims to measure the uptake of new water supplies.
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Originally published as ‘Devil’s’ bathtub drain leak leads to death