Water Quality

James A Owen made this Freedom of Information request to United Utilities Water PLC
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Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

Can you please clarify as to who is responsible for the quality of the potable water, as defined in the Water Industry Act 1991 or any amendments or more recent legislation. Is the responsible person to test for wholesomeness and bacteria acceptable level in storage and distribution of the water for consumption by Halton residents, in private and public places.

What prosecution/s have taken place with your involvement in the past 10 years for contaminated water being supply for human consumption.

Yours faithfully,

James A Owen

Environmental Information’s Regulations Response, United Utilities Water PLC

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EIRRequests, United Utilities Water PLC

Dear Mr Owen

Thank you for your request for information about potable water, which we received on 18 February 2021.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I can confirm that United Utilities Water Limited (United Utilities) is the water undertaker for the North West region of England including Halton and has a duty under section 37 of the Water Industry Act 1991 to supply water where there is a demand. It also ensures that the water supplied complies with The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016.

In relation to your request regarding prosecutions I refer you to the Drinking Water Inspector’s website: https://www.dwi.gov.uk/press-media/prose...

Should you consider that we have not adequately complied with our obligations under EIR, I am also obliged to inform you that you have the right to ask us to carry out an internal review of our response. This can be done by writing to David Hannon Head of Legal, United Utilities, Legal Department, Grasmere House First Floor, Lingley Mere Business Park, Lingley Green Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 3LP. Alternatively, you may find it easier to e-mail us directly on [United Utilities request email] , quoting the above reference, and your review request will be forwarded on to Mr Hannon.

Any request for an internal review should explain why you wish a review to be carried out, and should be made within 40 working days of receipt of this letter, and we will reply within 40 working days of receipt. If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to make a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner.

Finally, I would be grateful if you would kindly acknowledge receipt of this e-mail.

Yours sincerely

Ms A Paul
Regulatory Solicitor
Legal Department

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