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8. In section 73 of the Act (offences of contaminating, wasting and misusing water etc.), after subsection (1) there shall be inserted:–
“(1A) In any proceedings under subsection (1) above it shall be a defence to prove–
(a)that the contamination or likely contamination, or the wastage, misuse or undue consumption, was caused (wholly or mainly) by the installation, alteration, repair or connection of the water fitting on or after 1st July 1999;
(b)that the works were carried out by or under the direction of an approved contractor within the meaning of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999; and
(c)that the contractor certified to the person who commissioned those works that the water fitting complied with the requirements of those regulations.”
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