Aluminium in drinking water: past mistakes, present complacency

Aluminium in drinking water is officially regarded as a non-issue for public health. Individuals who claim to have suffered effects from acute exposure following the Camelford water pollution incident in 1988 have had their symptoms dismissed or put down to anxiety. But there is a substantial body of evidence that aluminium is neurotoxic and that high levels in water may be associated with increased rates of Alzheimer's disease. Statutory limits on aluminium have been routinely breached in the past, and the Northern Ireland Water Service still has no reservations about flouting EC law by supplying water containing aluminium many times above the legal limit.

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