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The Private Water Supplies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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7.—(1) The Department must carry out an assessment (“a risk assessment”) of the potential risks associated with each private supply to which these Regulations apply other than a supply to a single private dwelling.

(2) The Department must carry out a risk assessment within six months of a private supply being identified as a private water supply under regulation 3.

(3) The Department may enter into an arrangement for any competent person to carry out a risk assessment on its behalf for the purposes of this regulation.

(4) The Department may provide for any such competent person to be reimbursed.

(5) A risk assessment must be based on the general principles of a risk assessment set out in international standards such as EN 15975-2 concerning “security of drinking water supply, guidelines for risk and crisis management”(1);

(6) A risk assessment must take into account the results from the monitoring programmes—

(a)established under these regulations; and

(b)under regulation 11 (monitoring) of the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017(2) in respect of bodies of water identified under regulation 8 of those Regulations (bodies of water used for the abstraction of drinking water).

(7) The Department must review and, where necessary, update the risk assessment—

(a)as soon as possible in the event that it becomes aware of the likelihood of a—

(i)deterioration of the quality of the water supply; or

(ii)modification to, or extension of, the supply system from which the water is supplied,

which is relevant for the protection of human health and was not previously taken into account; or

(b)when monitoring programmes are reviewed under regulation 9.

(8) A risk assessment arranged under paragraph (3) must be approved by the Department.

(1)

This standard was approved by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on 5th July 2013. Under reference BS EN 15975-2:2013, it is published as a UK standard by the British Standards Institution (ISBN 978 0 580 84737 0).

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