Flo's Friday facts: Tap water
In the UK our water can be used for domestic purposes like drinking, cooking and washing. Here are some fun facts about our tap water:
Approximately about a third of tap water in England and Wales comes from underground sources (aquifers). In Northern Ireland and Scotland this figure is 6% and 3%, respectively. The rest comes from reservoirs, lakes, and rivers. Specifically, surface water in the UK accounts for 68% and mixed sources for 4% of the supply
All public water is regularly tested in England and Wales with the results being available to check should you request to see it to show that the water is safe to drink. It is the law that your local water company must supply water that is suitable for domestic purposes.
Water is the most regulated drink in the UK due to the number of tests it undergoes to ensure it is fit for human consumption.
The UK test the water so much it’s reportedly the best in the world.
Tap water is the freshest drink you can quench your thirst with. It takes anywhere from a few hours to a few days to get it from the treatment plant to your home.
Any establishment that sells alcohol must have free tap water.
You can even use UK tap water for preparing baby feeds as long you use unsoftened mains water.
You shouldn’t drink the hot water that comes straight from your tap, or use it for cooking as it often comes from a storage tank and is therefore not as fresh as from the mains.
There are the occasional failings, but these are mostly attributable to poor tap hygiene or inappropriate plumbing arrangements which can result in objectionable tastes or odours. If you notice any discoloration, please call us immediately on 0330 6600 137 and we will work with your wholesaler to resolve the issue.
Unless your water company issues a specific boil notice, it is not necessary to boil your tap water