Inspectorate calls for more staff to police water companies

The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) needs more staff to follow up breaches of drinking water regulations, its Chief Inspector, Mike Healey, revealed in February.

Mr Healey told an IBC conference in London that he has submitted a bid for more staff to Environment Ministers. The main reason for the bid is the time it takes the DWI to investigate "incidents" - possible breaches of quality regulations - reported by water companies.

Investigating incidents is "proving very demanding", Mr Healey said. In 1990, 79 incidents were reported to the DWI. Inspectors concluded that drinking water definitely was

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