What does the DWQR do?
The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR) exists to ensure that drinking water in Scotland is safe to drink. There are 2 types of water supply in Scotland:
Public Water Supply (Scottish Water)
- Monitors the quality of water samples taken by Scottish Water
- Enforces serious breaches of the regulations
- Checks Scottish Water are taking and analysing samples correctly
- Inspects Scottish Water’s assets and activities
- Oversees the quality-driven investment programme
- Assists consumers where Scottish Water has failed to adequately resolve a complaint
Private Water Supply
- Reports on the quality of private water supplies
- Checks that local authorities are regulating private water supplies in their area
- Provides guidance and clarification to local authorities
The DWQR also ensures accurate, impartial information is available on drinking water quality in Scotland and promotes the use of robust water science.