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The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 aim to ensure the safety and quality of drinking water provided to the public in Northern Ireland. These regulations establish standards and requirements that water suppliers must adhere to in order to maintain high levels of water quality and safeguard public health.
The regulations lay out specific requirements for the monitoring, testing, and treatment of water supplies to ensure they meet the necessary quality standards. This includes parameters such as microbiological, chemical, and radiological characteristics of the water. Additionally, the regulations outline procedures for risk assessment and management, emergency response planning, and reporting incidents related to water quality.
These regulations apply to all water suppliers in Northern Ireland, encompassing public water supply systems, private water suppliers, and businesses that provide water to the public. Compliance with these regulations is crucial to ensure that the water provided for consumption is free from contaminants and safe for all users. The regulations play a pivotal role in safeguarding public health by maintaining the quality of the water supply and mitigating potential health risks associated with inadequate water quality.
The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 outline specific evidence requirements that water suppliers must fulfill to ensure the safety and quality of drinking water provided to the public. These evidence requirements are designed to ensure compliance with the regulations and to maintain high water quality standards.
The regulations stipulate that water suppliers must conduct regular monitoring and testing of their water supplies to assess the various parameters that contribute to water quality. This includes microbiological, chemical, and radiological characteristics of the water. The evidence requirements specify the frequency of sampling, the types of tests to be conducted, and the acceptable limits for various contaminants.
Water suppliers are required to keep records of all monitoring and testing activities, including the results of the tests conducted. These records serve as evidence of compliance with the regulations and are subject to review by regulatory authorities.
Additionally, the regulations mandate that water suppliers develop and maintain comprehensive risk assessments and management plans. These documents provide evidence that water suppliers have identified potential risks to water quality and have implemented measures to mitigate those risks.
In the event of incidents or emergencies related to water quality, water suppliers must have evidence of appropriate emergency response plans and actions taken to address the situation and protect public health.
Overall, the evidence requirements of The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 ensure that water suppliers have a systematic and documented approach to monitoring, testing, risk management, and emergency response. This evidence demonstrates the commitment of water suppliers to maintaining safe and high-quality drinking water for the public in Northern Ireland.
The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 include certain exemptions that allow for specific situations where certain provisions of the regulations may not apply. These exemptions are designed to provide flexibility while maintaining the overarching goal of ensuring safe and high-quality drinking water. Some potential exemptions could include:
It's important to note that exemptions are typically granted under specific circumstances and conditions. Regulatory authorities closely oversee and assess the applications for exemptions to ensure that public health and safety are not compromised. The goal is to balance the need for flexibility with the need to maintain water quality standards and protect consumers. The specific exemptions and their details may vary, and it's recommended to refer to the official regulations and any guidance provided by relevant regulatory agencies for accurate and up-to-date information.
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