In recent years, the United Kingdom has strengthened their water regulations. Their standards follow strict requirements with the EU Drinking Water Directive. To ensure water quality, it’s mandatory for “monitoring and analysis, public reporting of data, use of treatment chemicals and materials in contact with water, and action that must be taken if a standard is exceeded” (Drinking Water Quality, water.uk). For the UK, it was put into law for Northern Ireland in 2007, Scotland in 2014, England and Wales in 2016. Their strict regulations as of 2016 have resulted in 99.83%-99.96% drinking water quality compliance among the four.
If water companies don’t meet regulations or endanger the public, then they will be met with consequences. Thames Water is “UK’s largest water and wastewater services company”. They are responsible for water supply for people across London and Thames Valley. Also, they are responsible for the treatment of water waste (Thames Water). In March of this year, they were fined £20,361,140.06, which is 25496219.58 in US dollars. “These offences were caused by negligence and led to the death of wildlife and distress to the public.” that had dated back to 2012. They “fail[ed] to react adequately to thousands of high priority alarms used to alert them to the serious problems. This wasn’t the first time they were fined. In 2015, they were fined £250,000 or $313050 for polluting a nature reserve. This amount wasn’t much to them, but with the most recent fine, I believe that it will cause them to make sure that they’re making the right decisions when it comes to people’s safety.