Water sampling and testing

Private Water Supply Charges

Private water supply

A private water supply is any water supply which is not provided by a water utility company. The source of the supply may come from:

  • wells
  • boreholes
  • springs
  • rivers or streams
  • lakes or ponds
  • a private distribution system (mains water which is privately distributed by a second party).

The supply may serve just one property or several properties through a network of pipes.

All private water supplies must be registered with the council, who maintain a public register.

 Charges

The council will charge the costs of carrying out their duties under these regulations to those responsible for the supply. Where part of a shared supply is used by some commercial activity the charges may be divided between the commercial and non-commercial properties proportionally. A breakdown of the council’s charges in respect of private water supplies is included below, along with the maximum fee allowed to be charged under the regulations.

Activity

Charge

Maximum charge

Comments

Risk assessment

£30 per hour

£500

Risk assessments will be carried out every five years.

Sampling visit

£30 per hour

£100

Charge for a visit and to take a sample

Investigation

£30 per hour

£100

Carried out in the event of test failure.

Sample analysis

Laboratory Fees.

Single and small supplies (using less than 10 m³ water per day): £25.

Large(using more than 10 m³ water per day) and commercial supplies: £100 for check monitoring and £500 for audit monitoring

Check monitoring is carried out to ensure that water complies with standards. Where possible it is carried out at the same time as any requirement for audit monitoring, to keep cost down.