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Safety of Potable Water in Ireland

Thursday, 18 May 2006

This report concerns the safety of potable water (i.e. drinking water) supplied and used for human consumption in Ireland, excluding bottled water and water for medicinal product.

Drinking water should not represent a significant risk to human health through its consumption and use. It should be suitable for all commercial food production and domestic purposes, including personal hygiene. The quality of drinking water in food businesses is important with respect to product safety, reliability of production processes, cleaning and sanitation procedures and the safety of employees in the general workplace. The drinking water supplied to domestic residents and food businesses across Ireland comes from different sources. These sources include rivers, lakes, natural springs and wells (i.e. boreholes). Drinking water supplies (i.e. used for human consumption) must meet specific legislative requirements laid down by the European Union (EU).

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