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South West and Thames top tap test

Water quality for South West Water and Thames Water has been crowned the best in England and Wales, with a 99.98% compliance rate according to the Drinking Water Inspectorate today.

Both companies achieved the 99.98% rating in 2009, with the average for water companies standing at 99.95% compliance.

South West Water’s director of operations, Stephen Bird, said: “We’re delighted with these results, which place us among the best-performing water companies in the country.

“Our customers are proud of living in a region with some of Britain’s best food and drink. Now we can boast of having another local, top quality product which everyone can enjoy every day at home, any time they want.

“Earlier this year, we finished our £400M, 10-year programme to reline our mains and put the sparkle back into your water for decades to come. These latest quality results fully demonstrate the value of that investment.”

The company has decided to celebrate by giving away thousands of refillable water bottles to customers until the end of August.

Thames Water’s chief executive, Martin Baggs, said: “We’re really proud that, for the third year running, our customers in London and the Thames Valley have been drinking the best tap water of all major water companies in England and Wales.

“Two years after launching our London On Tap campaign, we’re also really pleased that more Londoners than ever are now choosing to order our top-quality tap water in bars and restaurants in the capital.”

“We supply 2.6bn litres of water a day, 365 days a year. That’s more than a tonne of water a week to each of our 8.7M water customers - all for a tenth of a penny per litre, 500 times less than bottled water.”

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