Private Water Supplies
Water quality: updating the public and private drinking water regulations
Defra want to know what you think about their plans to update the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016 (‘public regulations’) and the Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016 (‘private regulations’). These changes will only apply to England.
The changes will bring the regulations in line with the Drinking Water Directive. The Drinking Water Directive was updated to reflect World Health Organisation principles for the risk based sampling and analysis of drinking water supply.
Defra will also be updating the public regulations for when a sample must be taken from a tanker and making retail licensees prepare and maintain further documentation.
The private regulations will also make changes to the limits on charging and will allow local authorities to restore a water supply.
Both regulations will also clarify certain aspects of the 2016 Regulations, such as definitions of terms used.