Water supply testing
Private Water supply testing
Private Water Supplies
A private water supply is one not provided by a water supplier
(such as Northumbrian Water Ltd.) and may come from a source such
as; a well, borehole, spring, stream, river, lake or pond. The
supply may serve only one property or several but in either case it
is essential the supply be well maintained to minimise any risk to
While mains supplied water is treated to remove possible
contamination most private water supplies are untreated.
Within Northumberland there are over 1000 private water
supplies. There is a great range in the type of supply and the
number of outlets connected to it. Around 40% of supplies serve
only one property, 40% serve more than one and 20% serve a
commercial activity, such as a pub, hotel or B&B.
What should you do to keep your water supply safe?
The first thing is to get some details on your private water
supply such as…
Who is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance?
- Where is the source?
- How does it get to your property?
- Is there any treatment?
- If it is treated is the equipment in good order and serviced
Should you get your supply checked?
The Council may monitor the supply for chemical and bacterial
quality under the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009, the
number of consumers and use the water is put to (is the supply just
for domestic purposes or for a commercial use) will affect how
often it is tested.
If you think your supply is not up to the standard that it
should be then you can have it tested yourself at a private
laboratory or request the Public Protection service to test it for
you. Please note that both of these options would incur a charge,
which will vary depending on the analysis carried out. However, if
you have a concern that the supply may be affecting your health,
the investigation of your complaint and any associated water
sampling would not normally incur a charge from the Council.
The charges the Council will make for work associated with a
Private Water Supply are shown in the leaflet on this page.