Drinking water improves, but enforcement still in doubt

The quality of drinking water in England and Wales improved again in 1993, according to the latest annual report of the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI).1 Although the DWI's Chief Inspector, Michael Rouse, has made new assurances about enforcement, doubts remain about its ability to police the water industry effectively - and have hardly been assuaged by the revelation that its first and only recommendation that a company should be prosecuted for supplying water unfit for human consumption was rejected by the Environment Secretary.

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