Greater independence for Drinking Water Inspectorate

The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) is to be given the power to initiate prosecutions as part of a move to give it greater independence, Environment Minister Tim Yeo announced in a parliamentary answer on 27 October.

The DWI was established in 1989 when the water industry was privatised. It is not named specifically in the Water Industry Act 1991, which instead empowers the Secretary of State to appoint "technical assessors" to assist him in discharging his powers and duties in relation to drinking water quality.

The changes promised by Mr Yeo will place the DWI on a statutory footing. In addition, the DWI will itself take responsibility for prosecuti

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