New safe water guidance
New Industry Best Practice guidance on the safe operation of water facilities has been issued to the marine industry – both inland and coastal.
The guidance has been created by both water suppliers and experts from the marine industry with the aim of having safe and practical operations in both the commercial and recreational sectors including marinas, boatyards, sailing centres, canals and other inland waterways.
It will offer help and guidance on the security surrounding the safety of water supplies and how that water is used, including the minimum level of backflow protection required in-line with effective control measures.
The document advises clubs on the best practice of regular activities such as the rinsing of dinghies and filling of water tanks.
Key elements also include the correct labelling of water points and allocating designated areas for boat maintenance which involves the use of water.
The intended outcome is to enable water undertakers (the regulatory enforcers) and end users to work together more effectively to safeguard the public drinking water network.
The guidance has been put together by Industry Specialist Consulting Group consisting of representatives from water undertakers, together with industry experts from British Marine, the RYA, The Yacht Harbour Association, RNLI and The Canal & River Trust.
The group aims to ensure that current and future operations are safer, more efficient and give a higher and consistent safety standard across a wide range of marine operations.
So far Anglian Water, Hyfran Duffyd, Jersey Water, Severn Trent Water and Southern Water all accept the guidance.
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