• Remote delivery of National Water Hygiene training and assessment by Approved Trainers.

observe best practice on site and maintain the high standards expected by every company and the UK’s drinking water quality regulators.

Water companies are working directly with their own supply chain partners, while Energy & Utility Skills are collaborating with British Water and the Future Water Association to ensure that they mandate and the latest information is communicated.

Given the closure of many training centres and the need for social distancing, temporary measures have been introduced to increase flexibility while still maintaining the high standards required. These measures will be reviewed on a regular basis, by Energy & Utility Skills.

Things you need to know about these temporary measures:

• The National Water Hygiene Scheme continues to apply as a mandated requirement and a valid registration must be maintained.

• It is vital that every person on site maintains the highest possible standards of hygiene, and no reduction in competence or compliance occurs.

• For a limited period, Energy & Utility Skills are offering a Computer Based Learning (CBL) route for EUSR National Water Hygiene registrations


• With EUSR ID cards (‘Blue cards’) being delivered to offices and so many offices now closed, there will be delays in cards getting to individuals. Energy & Utility Skills is therefore encouraging all companies and individuals to use EUSR, to check National Water Hygiene registrations for the period of the pandemic.

Should you have any questions, please contact the EUSR Support, Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm.

“The public reliance on safe and high-quality tap water has rarely ever been as great as we are seeing, as the UK stays at home to tackle this pandemic. The quality, inexpensive nature and ‘to the tap’ delivery is underpinning our public health and society. The water companies and regulators are crystal clear that efforts will only accelerate to protect the public trust in its tap water and to ensure that there are no incidents. Everyone involved in restricted operations, from catchment to tap, must take every step possible to play their part and deliver the best hygiene practice. We and our partners are committed to that aim.”

Nick Ellins, Chief Executive, Energy & Utility Skills

“Every day in the UK around 16 billion litres of high-quality tap water is delivered directly to our homes, hospitals, businesses and communities. The role of the supply chain workforce in helping water companies to deliver that essential service safely and to the highest of hygiene standards is often unseen but is pivotal. The Future Water Association has partnered with Energy & Utility Skills to help our members to be fully aware of

their responsibilities to have a valid and current National Water Hygiene Scheme ‘Blue Card’ and how to access the required training, renewal information and advice under the current pandemic restrictions. The Blue Card is a mandated requirement across all water company restricted operation sites and assets, and this partnership to ensure the highest standards of supply chain hygiene practice around the public water supply, could not be more important.”

Paul Horton, Chief Executive, Future Water Association

“The supply chain workforce is active on water company sites and assets across the UK, assisting the delivery of safe and high-quality tap water to millions of homes across our communities. Maintaining the highest levels of safety procedures and hygiene practice is vital, and British Water is working in partnership with Energy & Utility Skills to promote best practice and help ensure that every supply chain worker knows their responsibilities when working within restricted operations, and has a current and valid National Water Hygiene Scheme card. This is often known as the ‘Blue Card’. Our partnership will help ensure, throughout the lock down period, that access to the mandated Blue Card training is maintained, and that there is a heightened focus on everyone acting together to protect the quality of our vital public water supply.”

Lila Thompson, Chief Executive, British Water

“Hygiene at the moment is the highest priority for the health of individuals and the public and this does not reduce during this time but arguably becomes more important”.

Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate.

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