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The control of potential health risks related to drinking water in the UK

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom, potable water put into supply is required to be 'wholesome'. The term 'wholesome' is interpreted as clear, palatable and safe to drink. About 99% of potable supplies are provided by Regional Water Authorities and Water Companies (for England and Wales), Regional Councils and Island Councils (for Scotland) and the Department of the Environment (NI) (for Northern Ireland). These water authorities draw their raw water from upland surface waters, lowland surface waters (including lakes and rivers) and underground waters. Although each source provides approximately one-third of supply, the proportion varies considerably in different parts of the UK. Consequently the control of potential health risks related to drinking water also varies according to the source of supply. The paper describes briefly the treatment practice for the various sources, including disinfection practice. More specifically the paper describes current UK practice or developments in the control or investigation of plumbosolvency, fluoridation, nitrate, trihalomethanes, other organic micropollutants, sodium, asbestos and tar linings in pipes. The possibilities for the surveillance of the 1% of private supplies are also discussed.
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Publication Date:
Apr 01, 1981
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EDB-82-073854
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Sci. Total Environ.; (Netherlands); Journal Volume: 18
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DRINKING WATER; WATER QUALITY; WATER TREATMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; CONTAMINATION; DISINFECTANTS; GROUND WATER; HEALTH HAZARDS; PUBLIC HEALTH; REGIONAL ANALYSIS; SURFACE WATERS; UNITED KINGDOM; WATER POLLUTION; WATER SUPPLY; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; EUROPE; GERMICIDES; HAZARDS; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION; WATER; WESTERN EUROPE; 552000* - Public Health; 520200 - Environment, Aquatic- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
5612859
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: STEVA
Submitting Site:
NLM
Size:
Pages: 317-334
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Dick, T A. The control of potential health risks related to drinking water in the UK. Netherlands: N. p., 1981. Web.
Dick, T A. The control of potential health risks related to drinking water in the UK. Netherlands.
Dick, T A. 1981. "The control of potential health risks related to drinking water in the UK." Netherlands.
@misc{etde_5612859,
title = {The control of potential health risks related to drinking water in the UK}
author = {Dick, T A}
abstractNote = {In the United Kingdom, potable water put into supply is required to be 'wholesome'. The term 'wholesome' is interpreted as clear, palatable and safe to drink. About 99% of potable supplies are provided by Regional Water Authorities and Water Companies (for England and Wales), Regional Councils and Island Councils (for Scotland) and the Department of the Environment (NI) (for Northern Ireland). These water authorities draw their raw water from upland surface waters, lowland surface waters (including lakes and rivers) and underground waters. Although each source provides approximately one-third of supply, the proportion varies considerably in different parts of the UK. Consequently the control of potential health risks related to drinking water also varies according to the source of supply. The paper describes briefly the treatment practice for the various sources, including disinfection practice. More specifically the paper describes current UK practice or developments in the control or investigation of plumbosolvency, fluoridation, nitrate, trihalomethanes, other organic micropollutants, sodium, asbestos and tar linings in pipes. The possibilities for the surveillance of the 1% of private supplies are also discussed.}
journal = {Sci. Total Environ.; (Netherlands)}
volume = {18}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Netherlands}
year = {1981}
month = {Apr}
}