Who we are

The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) was formed in 1990 to provide independent reassurance that water supplies in England and Wales are safe and drinking water quality is acceptable to consumers.

We are a team of 51 staff with specialist knowledge of drinking water quality and supply, regulation, data management, and public health.

Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector

Marcus Rink is the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, appointed in August 2015. As Chief Inspector he provides independent scrutiny of the water industry ensuring the safety and quality of water and public confidence through a robust regulatory framework. His role encompasses a range of statutory and non-statutory functions, discharging the duties of the Secretary of State for England and the Welsh Government to ensure companies meet their regulatory requirements and Local Authorities take action in respect of water supplies.

Laura Moss, Deputy Chief Inspector

Laura Moss is currently the Deputy Chief Inspector of Drinking Water Quality for England and Wales. Prior to that she had been a Principal Inspector with the Drinking Water Inspectorate since 2007, regulating drinking water quality in the public water supply industry in England and Wales, and more recently providing technical advice to local authorities carrying out their regulatory duties for private water supplies.

Milo Purcell, Deputy Chief Inspector

Milo has more than 40 years’ experience of the water industry in the UK and overseas, in the public and private sectors. A Civil Engineer by profession, his early career involved the planning, design and construction of water and wastewater facilities. Since joining DWI he has had experience of all aspects of drinking water quality regulation, including operational delivery, strategy, risk management, enforcement, asset and resilience planning, legislative change and water industry reform.

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