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CONSULTATION ON OPTIONS FOR REPLACING WATER BYLAWS

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Replacing the Water Bylaws, a consultation paper about the purpose, format, scope and administration of the measure...
Replacing the Water Bylaws, a consultation paper about the purpose, format, scope and administration of the measures which might replace the current water bylaws in England and Wales when they expire in 1997, has been published by the government today

Environment minister Robert Atkins said: 'For many years water companies have made bylaws for the prevention of waste, misuse, undue consumption and contamination of water. Current bylaws expire in 1997 but there is no provision now for the companies to make new ones.

'The paper explores a number of possible options from a non-statutory code of practice to national Regulations either as part of the Building Regulations, as separate Water Regulations or a combination of these two.

It also considers whether water companies should continue to control the replacement provisions or whether the responsibility should be transferred to local authorities, an independent agency or placed under joint control.

'There are some difficult issues to be addressed but above all the health and safety of consumers must be protected and water companies must be able to carry out their statutory duty to maintain an adequate supply of water which is fit for human consumption.'
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