Drinking Water 2006

A report by the Chief Inspector of drinking water

This report is in PDF format. The Adobe® Acrobat Reader® can be freely downloaded here.

Errata in hard copy documents (PDF 13KB)


Drinking Water in England and Wales 2006 (PDF 1,496 KB)

This report looks at drinking water quality at a national level from the perspective of the Chief Inspector of the Drinking Water Inspectorate.  It also gives data on the performance of the water industry in 2006

Regional Reports

A report of drinking water quality in six regions of England and Wales covering testing and results for 2006 and consumer perceptions of drinking water.  Also reporting on incidents and technical audit activity and presenting feedback from consultation of local authorities and health professionals, and summarises current and future research work. 

Eastern Region (PDF 1.9MB)
Midlands Region (PDF 1.7MB)
Northern Region (PDF 2 MB)
Southern Region (PDF 1.9MB)
Thames Region (PDF 1.5MB)
Western Region (PDF 2.4MB)
Wales (in English)  (PDF 1.7MB)
Wales (in Welsh)  (PDF 1.7MB)

Water Company data summary tables

Albion Water Company (PDF 211KB)
Anglian Water Services Limited (PDF 334KB)
Bournemouth and West Hampshire Water Plc (PDF 198KB)
Bristol Water Plc (PDF 351KB)
Cambridge Water Company (PDF 300KB)
Cholderton and District Water Company Limited (PDF 271KB)
Dee Valley Water Plc (PDF 232KB)
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (PDF 346KB)
Essex and Suffolk Water Plc (PDF 378KB)
Folkestone and Dover Water Services Limited (PDF 239KB)
Hartlepool Water Plc (PDF 141KB)
Mid Kent Water Plc (PDF 257KB)
Northumbrian Water Limited (PDF 194KB)
Portsmouth Water Plc (PDF 258KB)
Severn Trent Water Limited (PDF 364KB)
South East Water Plc (PDF 180KB)
South Staffordshire Water Plc (PDF 272KB)
South West Water Limited (PDF 306KB)
Southern Water Limited (PDF 353KB)
Sutton and East Surrey Water Plc (PDF 298KB)
Tendring Hundred Water Services Limited (PDF 165KB)
Thames Water Utilities Limited (PDF 226KB)
Three Valleys Water Plc (PDF 180KB)
United Utilities Water Plc (PDF 356KB)
Wessex Water Services Limited (PDF 250KB)
Yorkshire Water Services Limited (PDF 548KB)

Additional information

Incidents in England and Wales 2006 (PDF 231KB)

In order to share learning regarding incidents, a compiled list of all incidents reported to the inspectorate in 2006 is provided giving information on:

location and duration of the incident
population affected
nature and cause of the incident
main actions and findings of the Inspectorate.

Performance of the Drinking Water Inspectorate for 2006  (PDF 30KB)

Presentations by the Inspectorate in 2006 (PDF 22KB)

Prosecution and Caution Record (PDF 125KB)


Page reviewed: 13 August 2009
Page modified: 28 August 2009

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