Amendments to water quality (UK)

New water quality amendments that came into force on 14th April, 2016.

These are The Water Supply (Water Quality) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016/410) and came into force on 14 April 2016.

These regulations amend the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2010 (“the 2010 Regulations”) to implement Directive 2013/51/EURATOM, which protects human health against radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption.

The legislation states the main changes are the following:

  • “Regulation 3 of these Regulations inserts new regulation 6A (monitoring of radioactive substances) into the 2010 Regulations. New regulation 6A makes provision for new requirements in relation to monitoring for radon, tritium and indicative dose (“the radioactive substances parameters”).
  • Regulation 5 of these Regulations inserts a new Schedule 2A (radioactive substances parameters) into the 2010 Regulations. The new Schedule 2A sets parametric values for the radioactive substances parameters.

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  • Regulation 7 of these Regulations inserts new Schedule 3A (monitoring of radioactive substances) into the 2010 Regulations which includes further monitoring requirements for the radioactive substances parameters.
  • Regulation 8 of these Regulations inserts new Schedule 5 (monitoring for indicative dose and analytical performance characteristics) into the 2010 Regulations. The new Schedule 5 makes provision for additional sampling and analysis requirements in relation to the radioactive substances parameters listed in the new Schedule 2A.
  • Regulations 2, 4 and 6 of these Regulations make consequential amendments in light of the above.”

No impact assessment was conducted for these amendments as it was deemed not necessary for the costs and benefit of complying with them.

For further information consult the regulations directly.

Sources :

The Water Supply (Water Quality) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016/410) published on legislation.gov.uk on 23 May 2016.

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