About Us

The Springhill Private Water Supply

When we set up Springhill in 2003, Karen, Matthew and I had originally planned on providing commercial equipment; in particular, commercial water softeners to places like hotels, council buildings, sports centres and office blocks. However, living in a farmhouse with its own private water supply I had asked Matthew if he could install a water filtration system that would provide clean and safe water.

Clean & Safe

My partner and young family were rightly concerned about drinking, bathing and cooking with water that effectively came from a boggy bit of land on the hillside. The system that Matthew created was and remains extremely effective and became our template for many hundreds of other private water supply filtration systems.

Tried & Tested Filtration

Our range of installations includes UV disinfection, pH correction, iron water filtration, booster pumps and borehole pumps. Over the years we have installed a wider range of water filtration equipment and water pumps in a wide range of properties that includes hundreds of large, medium and small sized domestic properties.

Leading Private Water Supply Specialists

Having established ourselves as the leading private water supply specialists in the UK, we are major contractors to the National Trust, Youth Hostel Association, English Heritage and several large caravan parks, country estates and stately homes. Springhill continues to grow as a business and we now employ 8 full time engineers and a team of surveyors, scientists and office administrators.

By choosing Springhill you are investing in tried & tested technology that works; that’s our promise.
Geoff Nemec MSc CEnv MCIWEM Managing Director of Springhill Water

What is a Private Water Supply?

On this page, we will discuss the meaning of the phrase ‘private water supply’. Firstly, a private water supply is a supply not on the ‘mains’ because 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.

Types of Private Water Supply

There are several types of private water supply. The main types of private supplies are boreholes, springs, streams, wells and rainwater harvesting. There is a big difference between a mains water supply and a private water supply. The main difference being mains and private is that a mains water supply is treated with chlorine whereas a private water supply is untreated. Because the owner of a private water supply does not pay water rates they are solely responsible for treating their water.

The Private Water Supply Regulations

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 in a private water supply are laid out in the private water supply regulations. The regulations set the standards for wholesomeness because untreated water is very likely to be unwholesomeness. Many private water supplies contain Pathogens like E. coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium and Campylobacter.

The Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016 (pdf) »

Established in 2003

Established in 2003, Springhill is the leading private supply specialist in the UK. In addition to providing bespoke systems to hundreds of private homes, farmhouses and barn conversions, we are primary contractors to large land owners. These large landowners include The National Trust, The Youth Hostel Association, English Heritage and the Forestry Commission. We install also, service and repair private water supply filtration equipment used by private water companies, caravan parks, country estates and stately homes.

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The Team You Can Trust

Springhill continues to grow as a business and we now employ a team of engineers, surveyors, scientists and office administrators. This means you can use our services with confidence and know that the advice we give and the products we supply are tried and tested. We fully guarantee our work and will always match the price of any genuine quotation.

“As manager of a very busy café fed by a spring supply I know I can rely on Springhill to ensure that the quality meets the highest of standards and that they will resolve any problems quickly and efficiently.”
national trust cafe on a private water supply
Cafe Manager
National Trust, Yorkshire


Springhill offer a full installation and maintenance service in most parts of Northern England, particularly within the areas of Calderdale & Kirkless, East Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire Dales & North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria (Lake District), Northumberland & the North of England. We also sell products on a supply only basis to all areas of the UK.