Case Studies

Case studies provide real-life examples of the ways in which compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations, byelaws in Scotland, protect public health and safeguard public water supplies. They also illustrate what can happen when these regulations are not complied with. 


Borehole cross connection in a Staffordshire village

  • Cross connection to borehole supply used to wash haulage vehicles affects 17 properties

Lead solder

  • High lead levels in the drinking water supplies in 34 luxury apartments traced to illegal use of lead solder                         

Cross connection to a rainwater harvesting system at a primary school

  • Routine Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations inspection of primary school identifies a direct cross connected between the drinking water supply and a rainwater harvesting system                                                                                               

Farm borehole cross connection discovered following customer complaints

  • Villagers taste complaints lead to the discovery of a cross connection between the mains and a borehole supply on a local farm

Cross connection identified as a result of routine water quality sampling

  • Cross connection between mains drinking water and a borehole supply feeding poultry sheds identified as a result of routine water quality sampling

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