DWI encourages self-regulation by water companies

A cautious move towards fewer inspections of water companies which have quality management systems is to be made by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI). Its quiet policy shift is the furthest any regulator has moved towards relying on self-regulation by business.

The move was announced in the DWI's response to a review of its practices in checking water companies' performance in supplying wholesome drinking water and complying with statutory controls. The review was commissioned by the Department of the Environment and carried out by the late Professor Peter Stott (ENDS Report 222, pp 8-9 

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