First report finds fault with Scotland's drinking water

The first official report on drinking water quality in Scotland has found compliance with legal standards to be significantly poorer than in England and Wales.1 Microbial quality was particularly poor, and local councils failed to fulfil new statutory monitoring requirements.

Compared to the Drinking Water Inspectorate's first annual report (ENDS Report 198, pp 18-20), the Scottish equivalent is preliminary and incomplete. It covers only the latter half of 1990 due to the later introduction in Scotland of drinking water regulations under the Water Act 1989.

Scottish water undertakers also had even more problems in implementing the required monitoring programmes than their English and Welsh counterparts, and th

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