By Rosie Palmer and Kate AllenReuters – January 13, 2019 06:17:53U.
Prime Minister Theresa May is to launch a new national water-test scheme by June 2020 that aims to improve the water quality in the country and to stop the spread of waterborne diseases.
Theresa May will announce the new National Water Quality Standards by June 30, 2020, to be rolled out across England, Wales and Scotland, the Environment Agency said on Wednesday.
The scheme aims to protect the health of the public and the environment, the agency said.
It will help the government identify which sites are at high risk of pollution, as well as which people and businesses are most at risk.
It also aims to make the water safe for people and the communities where they live, it said.
Water tests are a vital part of the process to get water into homes, businesses and public spaces and are also used to protect wildlife and marine life.
“These new standards will help ensure the safety of the water we drink, and the water that we eat, and ensure our water supply is safe to drink, drink, eat and drink,” Environment Secretary Caroline Flint said.
The standards, which will take effect on March 1, 2020 and cover all parts of the country, include a requirement for residents to be screened for waterborne viruses.
The National Health Service will also be required to conduct water-borne testing and be able to use tests for chlorine and hydrogen sulfide, as needed, according to the government.
The tests will take place at home, at work and in public places.
The agency said the new standards would help improve the quality of water, reduce the spread and prevent the spread a number of water-related diseases.
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