Bacteriophages in tap water

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Michael Jozefiak

Dear Sir or Madam,

I'd be grateful if you could please tell me:

1) Do you test for bacteriophages in tap water?

2) If the answer to 1) is 'yes', which types of bacteriophage have been found and in what quantities e.g. ppm?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Jozefiak

Patric Bulmer,

Dear Mr Jozefiak

Thank you for your request for information.

We do not test for bacteriophages in drinking water. If you would like to
discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Patric Bulmer
Environment Manager
Bristol Water plc

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Michael Jozefiak

Dear Patric,
Many thanks for your information. Should I assume from your reply that, as bacteriophages are not tested for, they are considered to be safe for human consumption?

Yours sincerely,

Mike Jozefiak

Patric Bulmer,

Dear Mr Jozefiak

Thank you for your further enquiry on bacteriophages. Unfortunately, we
do not have the information to be able to answer this question. You may
be able to get more information on bacteriophages in drinking water from
the Drinking Water Inspectorate, the body which oversees drinking water
quality in England, or the Health Protection Agency, the organisation
responsible for an integrated approach to protecting public health in
the UK. Web links for these organisations are given below.



Patric Bulmer
Environment Manager
Bristol Water plc

http://www.dwi.gov.uk/
http://www.hpa.org.uk/

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Michael Jozefiak

Dear Patric Bulmer,
Many thanks for your additional information and contact links. Much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Jozefiak