There are a number of global organisations and governmental organisations that provide both guidelines and legally enforceable standards regarding water quality and safety. In some countries that are part of the health, others part of the environment and some completely separate organisations. All these organisation and governmental organisations have a common agenda of making water safe. They do this by predominately by setting the maximum level of contaminant, including bacteria, virus’s, metals chemicals, radiological hazards, toxic chemicals, infectious agents, pesticides, herbicides to ensure that the water we drink, swim and bathe in to be safe. Some of the higher profile heath water agencies include;
World Heath Organisation (WHO) Is a United Nations Organization that oversees and manages the UN policies and guidelines with respect to any health related matter, and this includes water.
The WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality is a very comprehensive 668 page document covering area of water quality targets, management plans, Risk Assessments, Audits, Surveillance, Planning, Affordability, Sanitations, Desalinations, Water Harvesting.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a regulatory authority aimed at protecting human health and the Environment.