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The Surface Waters (Abstraction for Drinking Water) (Classification) (Scotland) Regulations 1996

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Surface Waters (Abstraction for Drinking Water) (Classification) (Scotland) Regulations 1996, shall come into force on 6th January 1997 and shall extend to Scotland only.

(2) In these Regulations–

“the 1975 Directive” means Council Directive 75/440/EEC(1) concerning the quality of surface water intended for the abstraction of drinking water as amended by Council Directive 80/778/EEC(2) and Council Directive 91/676/EEC(3);

“the 1979 Directive” means Council Directive 79/869/EEC(4) concerning methods of measurement and frequencies of sampling and analysis of surface water intended for drinking water;

“SEPA” means the Scottish Environment Protection Agency;

“water authorities” has the same meaning as in section 62(1) of the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994(5), and the “relevant water authority” is the water authority within whose area waters referred to in these Regulations are situated.

(3) Expressions used in these Regulations which are also used in the 1975 Directive or the 1979 Directive shall have the same meaning as in those Directives.

(4) In these Regulations any reference to the supply of water as drinking water shall be taken to be a reference to the supply of that water as drinking water after it has undergone purification treatment.


OJ No L194, 25.7.75 p26.


OJ No L229, 30.8.80 p11.


OJ No L375, 31.12.91 p1.


OJ No L271, 29.10.79, p44.

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