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UK drinking water quality still improving

British environment minister Michael Meacher expressed his satisfaction today with the latest annual report on drinking water quality. Figures for 2000 from the drinking water inspectorate (DWI) show a further improvement, continuing an established trend. Some 99.83% of the 2.7m samples taken last year met national standards. This compares with 98.7% of samples in 1992, the first year DWI reported on quality. Mr Meacher said the results proved that government-ordered investment by water companies over the last decade was "paying off". See report.

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