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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Tap water

Assessment of the health risks related to the presence of microorganisms in water intended for human consumption

Updated on 25/02/2013

Keywords : Tap water

The microbiological pathogens that may be present in water intended for human consumption (WIHC) are mainly bacteria, viruses and protozoa, most of which come from human or animal excrement. Their presence in tap water is due to insufficient protection of the supply, a defect in water treatment or a backflow of wastewater into the drinking water system. They can cause infectious disease (primarily acute gastroenteritis in mainland France), and they are the primary short-term health risk related to contamination of drinking water.

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