Private Water Supplies
There are a number of properties within South
Staffordshire served by a private water supply i.e. not connected
to a mains supply from either Severn Trent or South Staffordshire
Water. They obtain their water from either a well, spring or
The Private Water Supply Regulations 1991
introduced a formal setting for monitoring and controlling the
quality of private water supplies in England and Wales for the
first time. These Regulations have now been updated by the Private
Water Supplies Regulations 2009 which came into force from the 1st
January 2010 to cover all private supplies intended for human
consumption. The full Regulations
can be found on the Drinking Water Inspectorate
The 2009 Regulations are the responsibility of
Local Authorities who are under a duty to carry out a risk
assessment of each supply intended for human consumption within
five years of the Regulations coming into force, with the exception
of supplies to single domestic dwellings not used for a commercial
activity (unless requested).
The new Regulations specifically impact
on supplies for human consumption purposes which on average provide
10 or more cubic metres of water per day or serve 50 or more
persons, or are supplied to premises used for a commercial activity
or to public premises. These supplies must be monitored and
sampled/analysed by the Council at a frequency which will be
dependent on the volume of water supplied. Details can be found in
Schedule 2 and 3 of the Regulations.
If tests show that water from a private supply
does not meet the quality standards, the Council may insist that
the supply is improved and further investigation will take
The Regulations set out a number of fees that may be made for
the operation of the private water supplies service. For the
proposed fees and charges please click on the following link
Further details on Private Water Supplies can be found on a
produced by the Drinking Water Inspectorate.
If you have a Private Water Supply, and wish to talk to
someone about it, please contact us on the number below.
Private Water Supplies and Drought
Some areas of England and Wales are currently suffering from
drought conditions. For more information on how this may
affect your supply please go to the following page.