Leading Article: Trust our taps

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Trust our taps

ONE QUARTER of the people of England and Wales do not drink water from the tap. They filter it or boil it or drink bottled water. We suspect that the proportion might be even higher among readers of The Independent and Independent on Sunday, which broke this news yesterday. Now, we are prepared to make an exception for those in the South-west, who were subjected to large-scale aluminium poisoning a few years ago. But the rest of you are wasting time, energy and money. British water is among the purest in the world. It is only when it comes to getting rid of sewage that water companies have a dirty record. As for the taste argument that is fashionable in London, try this test: put three glasses, of bottled, filtered and tap water, in the fridge and conduct a blind tasting. Our research suggests tap water wins every time.

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