These are the main regulations that set drinking water standards in Scotland and require Scottish Water to take and analyse samples in a specified manner.
The Regulations mirror the requirements of the European Union Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption.
- The Regulations came into force on 25 December 2003.
- Wholesomeness is defined by setting numerical standards for relevant parameters.
- The supply zone is defined as the basic unit for quality monitoring.
- Water authorities are required to monitor the quality of their supplies.
- Detailed sampling requirements are specified for samples taken at taps within zones, at service reservoirs and at water treatment works.
- Authorised Departures may be granted temporarily where the water is not of the required quality.
- Scottish Water must publish an annual report and keep a public register of water quality in its area.
For the full regulations, click the link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2001/207/contents/made