DOMESTIC Private Water Supplies
A private water supply is a supply not on the ‘mains’. Mains water is drinking water provided by a Utility. The main Utility Companies in the North of England are Yorkshire Water, Northumbrian Water and United Utilities. A private water supply is called ‘private’ as it is privately owned. Most private water supplies in the North of England are located in rural parts of counties such as Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Derbyshire.
- Domestic private water supply
Private Water Supply: Owners and users responsibility
Private water supplies vary in quality. Some supplies have good water treatment and are well maintained, others leave a lot to be desired. The Drinking Water Inspectorate regulates mains water. Local Councils are responsible for regulating private water supplies in their area as they report to the Drinking Water Inspectorate. The standards for water quality appropriate to a private water supply are laid out in the private water supply regulations.
Private Water Supply – The essentials
Owners and users of a private water supply can take measures to improve water quality. The main ones are:
- The installation of a correctly sized and appropriate water filtration system, including a good quality UV and pre-filtration
- Ensuring that stored water installed after the UV Disinfection is properly sealed and is rodent proof
- Source protection. Preventing grazing animals for getting close to the source and reducing the ingress of surface water at the point where the water emerges from the ground.