The National Water Hygiene scheme

The National Water Hygiene scheme

31st March, 2024

The EUSR National Water Hygiene 'Blue Card' Scheme: A Key to Protecting Public Health 

The National Water Hygiene scheme, commonly referred to as the 'Blue Card' scheme, is an essential component in safeguarding public health through the promotion of good water hygiene practices. Developed in collaboration with all UK water companies, this scheme is a prerequisite for individuals working on or accessing clean water sites and the clean water network across the United Kingdom. This blog post outlines the course overview, structure, and completion details, equipping professionals with the necessary information to participate and contribute to the protection of public health. 

Course Overview 

The National Water Hygiene scheme plays a pivotal role in ensuring that individuals entering clean water sites or engaging in work on the clean water network – termed 'Restricted Operations' – possess the requisite knowledge and practices to maintain water hygiene. Restricted Operations cover a broad range of activities, including work on service reservoirs, water pumping stations, water treatment works, and the extensive network of water mains and service pipes. 

The scheme is not limited to water company employees alone; subcontractors, members of Self-Lay Organisations (SLOs), and other entities performing Restricted Operations on behalf of water companies are also required to hold a National Water Hygiene EUSR registration. 

Course Structure 

Developed in close collaboration with all UK water companies and key industry stakeholders, the course structure is designed to instill a comprehensive understanding of water hygiene principles, including: 

  • Module 1: The importance of water in everyday life and its critical role in public health. 

  • Module 2: Understanding how water can act as a carrier of diseases and the implications thereof. 

  • Module 3: Identifying potential sources of contamination and the severe consequences they pose. 

  • Module 4: Strategies and practices for preventing contamination and ensuring water hygiene. 

This structured approach ensures that participants are well-equipped with the knowledge required to prevent water contamination and uphold the highest standards of water hygiene. 

Course Duration and Location 

The course is designed to be concise and impactful, with a duration of half a day. Reflecting modern learning preferences and the need for flexibility, the course is delivered remotely. This allows delegates to participate from their chosen venue, facilitating broader access and participation. 

Course Completion 

Upon successful completion of the National Water Hygiene training and assessment, participants will gain a profound understanding of their crucial role in maintaining clean and safe drinking water. In line with modern environmental and practical considerations, the traditional physical 'Blue Card' has been replaced with a virtual card. This digital transition ensures that the certification is easily accessible and always available on smartphones, tablets, or iPads, eliminating the risk of loss or forgetfulness. 

Enquire About This Course 

Midland Plant Training and Testing (MPTT) is committed to providing first-class training and advice, supported by our team of expert trainers, testers, assessors, and administrative staff. We encourage individuals and organisations involved in Restricted Operations or clean water network activities to reach out for more information on how the National Water Hygiene scheme can enhance your operational standards and contribute to public health protection. 

To learn more about the scheme and to register your interest, please contact us at 01543 899706 or via email at Our dedicated team is eager to assist you in securing your EUSR National Water Hygiene registration and advancing your commitment to water hygiene and public health.