Regulating a utility


We all rely upon having access to water throughout each day every day of our lives. Think how many times over a 24 hour period we use a tap, flush a toilet, fill a kettle, brush our teeth, cook, drink or wash. Industry also requires water to bring us all of the other goods and services we require for our daily needs. In these and many other ways water is an integral and essential part of our everyday lives; important for our health and well-being, something upon which we depend and the quality of which we need to be able to trust. Water has not always been as available or as safe to drink as it is today. During the nineteenth century there were many public health concerns resulting in the passing of a number of Acts of Parliament, notably the Public Health Act of 1848. Since then it has been accepted that it is important to monitor the sufficiency and wholesomeness of water supplies, not just for the protection of the public, but also to ensure that the wider interests of the community and the environment are met. 1989 Until 1989, water supply and sewerage services in England and…

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