Bacteriophages in drinking water

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Could you please tell me:-

1) Are water companies required to test for bacteriophages in our drinking water.

2) What are the reasons for the answer to question 1) above?

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Jozefiak

Yours faithfully,

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Mr Jozefiak

Thank you for your recent email about drinking water. To answer your first
question, water companies are not required to test for bacteriophages in
drinking water.
Secondly bacteriophage are not human pathogens, they are virus-like
particles that live in bacteria. They are not harmful to human health.
Some types of bacteriophage are used as tracers in studies of the natural
environment, including groundwater.

I trust this answers your enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Suzie Carruthers
Customer Contact Unit- Defra

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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Dear Suzie,

Many thanks for your very clear and concise reply.

It makes me wonder why the NHS, with MRSA and hospital infection problems, hasn't woken up to the bacteria killing properties of phages yet!

Thanks again for your time.