What should I do if my private water supply (spring, borehole, well, etc.) runs out in the UK?

Insufficiency of supply is where a property no longer has access to enough water for the purpose of human consumption. Human consumption includes washing, bathing, showering, laundry and toilet flushing. If a private water supply should become insufficient due to drought conditions, a relevant person(s) should refer to their contingency plan. Where a contingency plan …

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Don’t get caught out this winter!

Winter will soon be with us and as we all start to think of dressing up warm, it is also time to think of preparing your spring or borehole supply for the drop in temperature. Here we have some simple steps to prevent your water system from freezing up over the winter. Our top tips …

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Water Softener Installation on a private water supply

cabinet water softener

Installation guidance and notes on Sodium Many boreholes will supply water containing high levels of hardness. Where the hardness exceeds 200mg/l a water softener should be installed to protect water heaters and reduce energy consumption.  Sodium is added to water as part of water softening and other ion exchange processes. The taste threshold concentration of …

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I live near a lead mine – will this mean I have lead in my water?

In this video, we look at a horizontal well that is located in an area containing several lead mines. The horizontal well provides water for a large house in the area and had, in the past fed a whole village. In addition to the horizontal well, we also test the water from a newly drilled …

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Buying a house with a Private Water Supply – What questions should I ask?

Written by Geoff Nemec (CIWEM, MSc, CENv) for prospective buyers of properties/homes on private water supplies this document is based on 20 years experience of dealing with Private Water Supplies in the UK. Listed below are several questions that should be asked of the owner of the property through a solicitor or estate agent, or …

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Farmhouse with a spring supply for sale

In this video, Geoff Nemec inspects a spring supply feeding a farmhouse in the hills above Calderdale. The property is up for sale and the solicitors of a potential buyer have asked for a report. In this case, filtration has been installed, is correctly sized and is regularly maintained. This means a Certificate of Wholesomeness …

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