The Drinking Water Inspectorate is a section of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs set up to regulate the public water supply companies in England and Wales. Based in Whitehall, it produces an annual report showing the quality of and problems associated with drinking water.

Recently the D.W.I. announced that the level of lead permitted to be in UK drinking water from the mains tap has dropped from 25 micrograms to just 10 micrograms per 100ml. If you have an older house or workplace, built before 1970, now might be the time to check again to to see if you have any old lead pipes. The use of lead piping since then has been illegal, but there are still some hidden behind walls and cupboards.

Health Risks attributed to Lead Pipes

The health risks relate to the way lead can build up in the body. Those at particular risk are infants and children because lead can have an adverse impact on mental development. Lead may also be factor in behavioural problems.

Whilst the legal limit for lead in mains water supplies has been 25 micrograms per 100 millilitres of water, Bronte Spring Water and other natural spring and ground waters have been required to conform to the lower limit since legislation began.

If you have any doubt as to whether or not you have lead pipes in your house or business, contact Bronte Water Coolers and ask for a water cooler to be installed. The current level of lead in water drawn from the Bronte Spring is less than 3 micrograms, less than one third of the maximum allowed.

Post Author:  Tim Saville