Accessibility Statement

Accessible by Design – Development Approach

Drinking Water Inspectorate website has purposely been constructed to use and conform to the web components produced for GOV.UK as part of GOV.UK design system and implemented within PHP for use in WordPress’ Gutenberg block editor. This allows the Drinking Water Inspectorate to produce their own webpages that make use of the many components seen throughout the UK Government’s websites, implemented into WordPress’ easy-to-use page builder.

The required GOV.UK components were sourced from three locations:

In addition to the GOV.UK components, bespoke blocks have also been produced for this website. An example of which is the Water Companies map. This block had been created as an SVG image and added anchor tags and additional CSS to produce a responsive and scalable interactive maps, built using modern web technologies.

Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run by Drinking Water Inspectorate. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate as much of the website as possible using just a keyboard
  • navigate as much of the website as possible using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, for example an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 14 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Drinking Water Inspectorate is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status This website is fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Disproportionate burden

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.

It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By December 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Live video

There is currently no live video on the website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 20th of November 2020.

This website was last tested on 19th of November 2020. The test was carried out by Juicy Media Limited.

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