The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR) ensures that local authorities are meeting their regulatory duties in regard to the quality of private water supplies. DWQR also regulates the quality of water supplied by Scottish Water. The role of DWQR was created by the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (“the Act”), which gives the Regulator powers to obtain information. This report fulfils the requirement under the Act that the DWQR publishes a report
on the exercise of the Regulator’s functions during the previous year. This report relates to the calendar year 2019 and is for private water supplies. A similar report on the quality of water supplied by Scottish Water was published on Monday 10 August 2020. Private water supplies (PWS) are drinking water supplies that are not the responsibility of Scottish Water but of their owners and users. PWS regulations are enforced by local authorities. The regulations were revised in October 2017, bringing into force The Water Intended for
Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (“the 2017 regulations”). These cover large domestic or commercial supplies. Smaller household PWS (referred to as Type B supplies) continue to be governed by The Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (“the 2006 regulations”).
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