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Public Health: Water Supplies – Private Distribution Systems

July 2, 2012

A new sub-category has been added to the RIAMS Public Health module including four procedures, on Private Distribution Networks. The procedures cover ‘Identification and Responsibilities’, ‘Processes following Identification’, ‘Monitoring’ and ‘Risk Assessment’. The DWI guidance can also be found on RIAMS.

A Private Distribution System is a mains water supply that is under the control of a second party, who then onwardly distributes this to a third party, for example a campsite owner. Where this occurs, the Local Authority has responsibility for enforcement, the system being classed as a private water supply requiring risk assessment and monitoring. The Local Authority will need to work jointly with the water undertaker in carrying out these duties as they retain responsibility for fixtures and fittings.  

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