Torbay's disease outbreak exposes holes in drinking water safeguards

The adequacy of official arrangements for responding to outbreaks of waterborne disease has been called into question by events following a cryptosporidiosis incident in Torbay in 1992. An outbreak control team broke up in acrimony when representatives of South West Water disputed studies which showed the water supply to be the most likely source of infection. The team's much delayed report has only now been made public - and only now is the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) promising to investigate the incident.

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