Consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

Closed 28 Jul 2017

Opened 6 May 2017

Feedback Updated 21 Sep 2017

We Asked

For your views on proposals to transpose, for private water supplies, Directive (EU) 2015/1787 (the Amending Directive), which makes some changes to Directive 98/83/EC (the Drinking Water Directive), by means of a new set of regulations for private supplies subject to the Directive (previously known as “Type A” supplies) replacing the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

You Said

You broadly supported transposing the Amending Directive through the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2107, but a significant number of respondents to the consultation thought that the additional responsibilities placed on private water suppliers by the draft regulations and the amount of information to be included in the register of private supplies were too onerous, and the new way of defining the relevant persons in relation to private supplies was unnecessarily complicated.

We Did

In addition to some further modifications to the draft regulations informed by the consultation responses, we removed the additional responsibilities on private water suppliers, reduced the amount of information to be recorded in the register and simplified the definition of relevant person in the revised regulations, which were laid before Parliament on 7 September 2017.

Overview

The Scottish Ministers are seeking comments on proposals to transpose, for large private water supplies, Directive (EU) 2015/1787 which makes some changes to Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption (“the Drinking Water Directive”). These changes need to be transposed by 27 October 2017.

The Scottish Ministers propose to make the Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.  This would replace those provisions of the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006 which apply to large private water supplies and freshly transpose the Drinking Water Directive as amended and other EU requirements for those supplies.

This consultation will run from 6 May 2017 to 28 July 2017.
 

Why We Are Consulting

We are consulting to gather views on the appropriateness and likely effectiveness of the proposals in the draft Regulations to:

  • Deliver the requirements of the Drinking Water Directive as amended for larger private water supplies; and
     
  • Simplify and strengthen current legislation to protect public health in relation to water intended for human consumption from larger private water supplies.

Download the consultation paper.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Farming and Rural
  • Health and Social Care