Lessons from Torbay's drinking water crises

Reports on two major cryptosporidiosis outbreaks in Torbay in 1992 and 1995 were published by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) in December.1,2 The incidents affected hundreds of people and were linked with different degrees of certainty to South West Water's drinking water supply. The reports are highly critical of the company - but the Torbay saga also reveals inadequacies in the DWI's own operations which offer lessons to all regulators.

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