The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016

16th June 2016


Water - England and Wales

Enters into force - 27 June 2016

The Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016 consolidate the requirements of the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 and transpose the requirements of Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom in the English law. The Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2009 are now revoked. The regulations introduce the following new requirements:

  • Local authorities are now required to monitor for radon in private water supplies. Water companies remain able to reduce the frequency of radioactive substance monitoring on the basis of a risk assessment.
  • These regulations provide a specific exemption for water used for crop washing where the water does not affect the fitness for human consumption of the crop or of any food or drink derived from the crop.
  • Local authorities must carry out a risk assessment and monitor any new private water supply or any supply not used for a period of 12 month. Such a supply must not be brought into use until the local authority is satisfied that it does not constitute risk to health.

The regulations further set out the requirements as regards to products or substances used in the preparation or distribution of private water supplies.

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