Information note on Regulation 19 (Wales)

For a printable copy: Microsoft Word – Regulation 19 (Wales)v2 final link removed (dwi.gov.uk).

Regulation 19 (Authorisations of different standards)

Regulation 19 makes provision for any relevant person to apply to the local authority for an authorised departure – that is, to supply water to a lower standard on a temporary basis while remedial action is taken as part of an agreed and timed programme of work. The likelihood of there being a basis in law for an authorised departure is diminishingly small.

The provision to apply for derogations still exists, and, if specific circumstances arise such as a new parameter being detected, the local authority can consider issuing authorisations, assessed and evidenced on a case by case basis. A local authority considering granting an authorised departure should approach the Inspectorate for advice on the specific case under consideration.

PWS (Wales) Regulations V.2, November 2020

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