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PE01646: Drinking water supplies in Scotland

Environment Energy

Petitioner: Caroline Hayes


Date Lodged: 12 April 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to i) review the role of the Drinking Water Quality Regulator and ii) commission independent research into the safety of the chloramination of drinking water.

Petition History:


25 May 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Drinking Water Quality Regulator, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Water Industry Commission for Scotland, NHS Highland, Strathspey & Badenoch Water Action Group and to inform the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the petition. Link to the Official Report 25 May 2017

26 October 2017: The Commitee agreed to write to Scottish Water and to highlight the issues raised in the petition to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. Link to the Official Report 26 October 2017

15 March 2018: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee for consideration within its ongoing work relating to water and water quality. Link to Official Report 15 March 2018

Written Submissions:

How confident are you that the Drinking Water Quality Regulator carries out its role effectively, not just testing for safety but ensuring that the water is pleasant to drink?

Do you agree that the safety of the chloramination process should be independently researched before being introduced in Scotland?

Lived here all my life water used to a pleasure to drink not any more and what this stuff growing in my kettle only seen this on holiday in England never here what's going on

Anne Cheshire

21:58 on 07 Apr 2017

Started Getting Skin Problems about 2,3 Yrs ago very itchy red patches can pop up any where no family history of eczema or any other skin complaint

Daniel Cheshire

21:44 on 07 Apr 2017

I am so concerned and upset with the water quality here. We moved to this beautiful part of Scotland just over a year ago and for the most part, suffer from terrible skin problems. I am just so dismayed with this situation, skin problems have a huge negative impact on quality of life. The consequences will indeed be costing the Health Service a great deal.

Lorna B Mackay

17:37 on 07 Apr 2017

Our water tastes chemical and my girls, who are teenagers and have never had skin complaints, have both developed eczema over the last two years.

Deborah Tait

20:29 on 06 Apr 2017

Water taste in the Cairngorm national park, one of the jewels in Scotlands tourist industry, is awful, especially in the badenoch area.

Gordon Lawrie

9:57 on 06 Apr 2017

The water in Kingussie has been really poor


9:55 on 06 Apr 2017

Why are there no MSPs or councillors on the board of Scottish Water. There is no democratic link between consumers and the company. Also there is no one on the board with experience of a large number of consumers.

gus carnegie

17:29 on 05 Apr 2017

Have been on bottled water for 2 years now - will not even use it to brush my teeth

Paul Morris

8:42 on 05 Apr 2017

I was skeptical about this but now find my children and some friends have also developed skin rashes. How can this be acceptable in the UK?

Grant Davis

19:59 on 04 Apr 2017

We have to buy bottled water and have done for years as the water tastes awful.

Gemma Scott

18:48 on 03 Apr 2017

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