The UK has some of the cleanest water in the world however, the precautionary principle should be applied when it comes to the future of our tap water and temporary event water supplies.
The UK government is not testing drinking water for a group of toxic manmade chemicals linked to a range of diseases including cancers, while across the world people are falling sick and suing for hundreds of millions of dollars at a time after finding the substances in their tap water.
This may be happening in the USA, but research indicates we are not far behind if we maintain the current trajectory of water quality and recycling.
Recycled wastewater is part of our drinking water supply. Toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, showers, baths, and sinks are among the discharged water.
Water will become a more valuable natural resource due to climate change and population growth, which will lead to more and more wastewater being recycled into drinking water.
In our quest to deliver water as nature intended from any source, we must 1st recognise what we are dealing with and how best to overcome the challenges
We know about chlorine, but what about its silent partner in crime THM?
In the UK and Europe, most municipal water treatment plants use chlorine to disinfect the water, and THM chemicals are by-products of the chlorine disinfection process.
Chlorination has been used since the early 1900s as a disinfectant to reduce illnesses caused by water-borne pathogens (Do, 2005).
However, a growing body of research shows that exposure to chlorine by-products THM, is associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer in Europe and North America. According to Evelampidou (2020).