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PE01680: Private Water Supplies in Scotland

Housing Planning

Petitioner: Angela Flanagan


Date Lodged: 18 January 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to:

• review The Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006;

• produce guidance for all relevant bodies to comply with the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006;

• transfer the Regulatory powers over the Drinking Water quality of private water supplies from Local Authorities to the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland;

• ensure an Equal Right of Appeal in the Planning process where objections on public health grounds are intimated by interested parties. 

Petition History:


29 March 2018: PE1680 by Angela Flanagan on Private Water Supplies in Scotland. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. The Committee also agreed to bring the petition to the attention of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee in advance of that Committee's forthcoming evidence session with Scottish Water. Link to Official Report 29 March 2018

28 June 2018: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Standing Orders Rule 15.7 on the basis that there is no support from the Scottish Government for the action being called for in the petition. Link to Official Report 28 June 2018

 Written Submissions:



    Do you support a change to the way private water supplies are regulated in Scotland?

    Have you had similar experiences?



    12:26 on 17 Jan 2018

    As a consultant paediatric nephrologist I set up the renal failure service for children in Scotland in 1972,working in the field for over 30 years.During that time,the most distressing thing for me was being faced with children severely ill from haemolytic uraemic syndrome.This illness can be caused by bacteria in contaminated water.I believe it is imperative that maximum effort is taken to ensure that children in Scotland are not exposed to contaminated water.


    17:09 on 16 Jan 2018

    In 1972 I set up the renal failure service for children in Scotland and developed it until my retirement in 2006.I have no hesitation in saying that by far the most distressing times for me was when I was faced with treating children with haemolytic uraemic syndrome.Many of these children were seriously ill with life threatening disease.The very sad fact was that this illness can be caused by bacteria present in contaminated water.I believe that it is imperative that the children of Scotland are not exposed to contaminated water.


    15:33 on 16 Jan 2018

    Scotland needs private water!!!!!

    Declan Gardner

    15:40 on 15 Jan 2018

    My local authority refused to prosecute under the 1980 water Act. We get lots of Boil water notices

    Linda McFarlane

    18:10 on 08 Dec 2017

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