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The Private Water Supplies (Wales) Regulations 2010

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Authorisations of different standards

17.—(1) Any person may apply to a local authority for the grant of an authorisation under this regulation.

(2) A local authority may grant an authorisation of different standards under this regulation if—

(a)the only cause of the unwholesome water is that a parameter in Table B of Part 1 of Schedule 1 (chemical parameters) is not complied with;

(b)the local authority has consulted all water users who will be affected by the authorisation and the Health Protection Agency for the area and has taken their views into account;

(c)granting the authorisation does not cause a potential danger to human health;

(d)the supply of water cannot be maintained by any other reasonable means.

(3) An authorisation must require the applicant to take action over a period of time to ensure that the necessary parameters are complied with, and must specify—

(a)the person to whom the authorisation is granted;

(b)the supply concerned;

(c)the grounds for granting the authorisation;

(d)the parameters concerned, previous relevant monitoring results, and the maximum permissible values under the authorisation;

(e)the geographical area, the estimated quantity of water supplied each day, the number of persons supplied and whether or not any food-production undertaking is affected;

(f)an appropriate monitoring scheme, with an increased monitoring frequency where necessary;

(g)a summary of the plan for the necessary remedial action, including a timetable for the work and an estimate of the cost and provisions for reviewing progress;

(h)the duration of the authorisation.

(4) If a local authority grants an authorisation, and the person to whom it is granted takes action in accordance with the timetable specified in the authorisation, the local authority may not serve a notice under section 80 of the Water Industry Act 1991 concerning the matters specified in the authorisation without first amending or revoking the authorisation.

(5) The duration of the authorisation must be as short as possible and in any event may not exceed three years.

(6) The local authority must ensure that people supplied are promptly informed of the authorisation and its conditions and, where necessary, ensure that advice is given to particular groups for which the authorisation could present a special risk.

(7) If the supply exceeds 1,000 mΔ a day as an average or serves more than 5,000 persons the local authority must send a copy of the authorisation to the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water for Wales and the Welsh Ministers within one month.

(8) The local authority must keep the progress of the remedial action under review.

(9) If necessary, it may grant a second authorisation for up to a further three years with the prior consent of the Welsh Ministers, but if it does so it must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, send a copy of the authorisation together with the grounds for its decision to the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water for Wales and the Welsh Ministers.

(10) It may revoke or amend the authorisation at any time, and in particular may revoke or amend it if the timetable for remedial action has not been adhered to.

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