We have come along way from the first health scare regarding drinking water in the summer of 1858. It was the hottest year on record and the filthy state of the Thames combined with the heat, lead to the river becoming anaerobic and the arrival of the 'Great Stink'. So how have things improved since those days? Is our tap water safe to drink? Are the chemicals added safe? And does bottled water provide more health benefits than tap water?
Water makes up between 50 and 70% of our bodies so we need to replace any water we lose
Small traces of chemicals, microorganisms and bacteria may occasionally be present prior to treatment
Why do some water companies add fluoride to drinking water?
Is it necessary to buy bottled water? Is it better for you?
Find out how tap water reaches your home
In order to make water safe to drink it undergoes treatment processes tailored to suit the source of where the water comes from
How are our water supplies tested to ensure high quality?
Do water filters make your water taste better? Is it just a matter of personal taste?
Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI)
The DWI regulates public water supplies in England and Wales.
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