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Private water supplies

A private water supply is one which is not from a mains supply.

Private water supplies are classified as Type A and Type B:

Type A

  • Large domestic supply (supplies more than on house)
  • Supplies to commercial or public activities.

Type B

  • Supplies serving single domestic premises.

Sampling of private water supplies

  • The Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016, lays down the sampling requirements of private water supplies.
  • Sampling is done to check compliance with a wide range of microbes and chemicals which indicate the wholesomeness of the water and whether it is safe to drink.

Sampling of Type A supplies

  • There are approximately 150 Type A supplies in Rossendale and these supplies are routinely sampled and risk assessed as part of our statutory sampling program.
  • The sampling and assessment of Type A supplies incurs a charge which includes the cost of laboratory analysis.

A full breakdown of these charges is given in the Fees and Charges table 1 April 2017:

Sampling of Type B supplies

  • There are approximately 350 type B supplies. There is no statutory requirement to routinely sample type B supplies.
  • If you require your supply to be sampled please contact environmental health online.
  • There is a cost of sampling a Type B supply.

 A full breakdown of these charges is given in the Fees and Charges table 1 April 2017: