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Private drinking water

Explains what a private and public drinking water supply is, who to notify if you have one, is the water sampled, how much does it cost , making it safe to drink and who to contact. 

What is a private drinking water supply?

A private drinking water supply is any water not supplied by a water company. A private drinking water supply could come from a borehole, spring or well.

What is a public drinking water supply?

A public drinking water supply is the most common supply. It is a mains water supply and in the East Riding of Yorkshire this is supplied by Yorkshire Water.

Should I notify you that I have a private drinking water supply?

Yes. The Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016 apply to all private water supplies. The food services team should be contacted directly for more information on this. View food services contact details.

Do you sample all private water supplies?

This depends on the volume and usage of the supply. Water supplies used for irrigation purposes do not need to be sampled.

Does it cost anything to have my private water supply sampled?

Yes there is a charge for private drinking water sampling. The charge for sampling depends on the type of supply that is being sampled. The total charge is also dependent on whether the supply needs to be risk assessed and whether any investigation work needs to be undertaken in response to unsatisfactory results. Any charges involved will be fully explained at the time of sampling.

A summary of private drinking water charges can be viewed in the document below:

Food Services Fees and Charges (pdf 55kb opens in new window)

How do I make sure my private water supply is safe to drink?

Having the water sampled will provide an assessment as to whether the water is safe to drink. Various treatment methods for private drinking water are available. Please contact a member of the food services team for further information. 

Who do I contact about private water supplies?

You can contact the food services team for further information on private drinking water sampling costs, methods, details and treatments:

Email: food.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 396301