Tap water is as healthy to drink as bottled water and does far less damage to the environment, according to the industry watchdog.
The comments from the Consumer Council for Water followed a report from the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) describing England’s tap water as safer than ever before.
The report said that 99.96 per cent of tests of drinking water in 2005 met the required standards and Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of the Consumer Council for Water, said:
‘It reflects well on both the water companies and the DWI that standards are so high.
‘Consumers should have confidence in the safety and quality of drinking water from the tap, which is far cheaper than the bottled variety. It also creates less waste and uses less energy to transport than bottled water.
‘It costs less than one pound a year for one person to drink eight glasses of water a day, compared with £500 for the same amount in bottled water. The difference could mean the equivalent of a nice summer break,’ she added.
Environment Minister Ian Pearson also welcomed the report:
‘The results show that England has some of the world’s best quality tap water. This is a direct result of the massive investment made in the way that our water is treated and supplied.’