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Water is one of the most tightly controlled foodstuffs in the world; but addressing requirements for transparency and confronting emerging pollution requires us to go above and beyond merely complying with regulations.
Complying with regulations and strengthening control
In order to ensure drinking water standards, the health authorities draw up a list of compliance criteria (for instance, the French public health code includes 54 such criteria). Some of these criteria determine how it tastes, others what it contains and others still its concentration of toxic substances. The requirement for quality is, therefore, subject to numerous and constant controls.
10 million
Number of analytical controls conducted annually in France by water stakeholders
Anticipating new pollutants
There are two reasons for the appearance of new, emerging pollutants: detection improves on a daily basis thanks to progress made in analysis, and they are the result of new patterns of consumption, producing new compounds. It is vital that water stakeholders focus their R&D on expanding knowledge of the risks associated with these pollutants and developing cutting-edge technology to address them.
20 – 25
The number of chemicals appearing every week throughout the world
Protecting Resources
Conservation of ecosystems is crucial to water quality. Economic activity (such as agriculture, industry, etc.) is partly responsible for changes in natural ecosystems. Working proactively towards improving knowledge and performance in terms of pollution control is, therefore, one of the issues faced by water stakeholders all over the world.
Proportion of fresh-water reserves with nitrate pollution problems worldwide