The report, which was presented at a seminar hosted by the Consumer Council for Water’s Northern committee, last week compared the country’s water quality levels.

Overall, the report revealed the UK’s water quality is of a very high standard with the best area being Thames region, where water is considered to be 99.98% clean.

This is closely followed by the central and eastern regions who both scored 99.97%.

The lowest figures were reported in the northern at 99.93% and in the southern region (99.95%).

The Western region makes up the middle of the group recording the industry average figure of 99.96%.

Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, professor Jeni Colbourne, said: “There is now compelling evidence from consumers to show the benefits of investment in cleaning and renovating the water network with one fifth fewer complaints of dirty water.”

Other areas for water industry improvement flagged in the report are a more timely diagnosis and remedial action to problems at water treatment works to prevent recurrent problem and improved risk assessment ahead of planned works on water mains to prevent incidents.

Luke Walsh

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