Under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, we can declare a recycled water scheme 'critical' to ensure that it continues providing recycled water.
A critical recycled water scheme is declared to:
Providers of a critical scheme, or other entities (e.g. the owner of the pipes in a dual reticulation scheme) may be subject to additional requirements.
For example, a provider must give extended notice before permanently stopping supply from a critical recycled water scheme. We can authorise alternative arrangements to ensure the continued operation of the scheme, and use additional dispute resolution powers if required.
The regulator must declare a recycled water scheme critical if the scheme is supplying or proposing to supply recycled water:
This does not prevent us from declaring any other recycled water scheme critical if necessary to meet the essential water supply needs of a community or industry.