(1)For the purposes of subsection (6)(a) of section 18, the Commission must make a code (a “disconnections code”) which contains further provision about discontinuations of supplies of water to premises under that section.
(2)In particular, a disconnections code may specify—
(a)circumstances in which requests under subsection (1) of section 18 may (or may not) be made; and
(b)conditions (in addition to the condition mentioned in subsection (6)(b) of that section) which are to be satisfied before Scottish Water is required under subsection (5) of that section to discontinue a supply of water to premises.
(3)A disconnections code may—
(a)make different provision for different cases or types of case;
(b)revoke or amend a previous code.
(4)In making a disconnections code, the Commission must consult—
(b)every water services provider and sewerage services provider;
(c)the Convener of the Water Customer Consultation Panels (representing the Panels as a whole);
(d)the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland; and
(e)such other persons as the Commission considers appropriate.
(5)When a disconnections code is made, the Commission must—
(a)make arrangements for allowing any person to obtain a copy of the code on payment of such reasonable fee (if any) as the Commission may determine; and
(b)publicise those arrangements and publish the code.