Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland

The DWQR is the independent regulator of drinking water for Scotland. The Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (The Act) established in statute the post of Drinking Water Quality Regulator, who is appointed by Scottish Ministers.

DWQR regulates Scottish Water, which is the sole supplier of drinking water for domestic customers from public supplies in Scotland, supplying 97% of the population. The remainder of water is taken from private water supplies which are the responsibility of owners and users. The monitoring and enforcement of drinking water quality standards in private supplies is the responsibility of local authorities. DWQR has a supervisory role in overseeing the activities of local authorities in the fulfilment of their duties.

Publication of research outputs

DWQR research reports can be freely downloaded from the technical section of the DWQR website.