Industry skill standards and training body Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills) are launching a new, improved ‘blue card’ for those working in the water industry who complete training to meet the standards of the National Water Hygiene Scheme. The scheme's 'blue card' is recognised by the UK water industry as a vital part in ensuring the protection of public health and promoting safe drinking water practices - it is a criminal offence to supply water unfit for human consumption.

Milo Purcell, Deputy Chief Inspector of the Drinking Water Inspectorate, said: "It is important for anyone working in contact with the water supply, to learn and fully understand their responsibilities to protecting public health and public confidence in drinking water quality."

EU Skills’ Chief Executive, Nick Ellins, explained: “The National Water Hygiene training was introduced to the industry over a decade ago as a collaboration between the UK water industry, key public health bodies and Energy & Utility Skills. Individuals who successfully complete the training are added to the Energy & Utility Skills Register, which allows employers to verify the skills of their workforce through a trusted online portal at any time.”

The water team at EU Skills all recently earned their own new blue cards by completing the industry training course.

The development is part of a new proactive partnership with the Institute of Water, the only professional body solely dedicated to the careers of water professionals. The partnership will see the organisations work together to actively promote careers in water and prioritise health and safety.

Photo: EU Skills' Water Team Client Manager, Denise McGlynn, Chief Executive, Nick Ellins, and Solutions Manager, Lucy Ritchie, display their new blue cards