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Water - Local Authorities

ALcontrol provide a testing service to Local Authorities who have a responsibility under the Private Water Supply Regulations (2009) which relates to the supply of water before or after treatment. The local authority must monitor all private supplies in accordance with section 77 of the Waters Act (1991).

In addition ALcontrol provides testing services and advice to enable local authorities to recognise the responsibilities they have with regard to public bathing facilities. Swimming pool operators must comply with their general duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the associated regulations. The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) produce detailed guidance on swimming pool water quality and treatment. HSE recognises their guidance as a useful resource for pool operators when drawing up their operating procedures. Enforcing authorities (HSE and local authorities) consider this guidance as the standard to be achieved in effectively managed swimming pools.

ALcontrol holds the necessary accreditation In order to comply with the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations and the Private Water Supplies Regulations, samples must only be analysed by a laboratory that has in place a system of analytical control that is subject to checking by an approved body.  As the UK’s National Accreditation Body, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the approved body for England and Wales. Accordingly, each water company and local authority must ensure that the laboratories to which regulatory samples are submitted are appropriately accredited.

ALcontrol has attained a further specific scope of accreditation for the sector scheme known as the Drinking Water Testing Specification (DWTS).  This has satisfied the accreditation requirements for Sampling and Testing in Accordance with the Drinking Water Testing Specification (DWTS) regulation in consultation with the DWI to reflect the new requirements.