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.

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:

  1. The installation of a correctly sized and appropriate water filtration system, including a good quality UV and pre-filtration
  2. Ensuring that stored water installed after the UV Disinfection is properly sealed and is rodent proof
  3. 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.
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Rev Mitchell
“Excellent friendly service from all personnel. Very tidy work and equipment that works very well. No more blue staining on our bathroom suite or shower. Excellent service and workmanship.”
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“After many years of unsatisfactory service, it is a delight to have come across Springhill, a company who are efficient, stick to their quotation and turn up when they arrange to.”
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Cragg Vale
“Many thanks to all at Springhill for the recent work carried out to our water supply – we have been very impressed by the service received, from the initial surveys and advice provided by Geoff and Matt, through to the excellent installation carried out by Phil – the end result being a vast improvement to the water quality and ease of access for future servicing.”
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Tony & Elaine
Hebden Bridge


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