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What is a private water supply?

Safe drinking water is essential for good health. Your tap water can either be provided by a water company, or it can come from a private supply, such as water from a well, spring, or borehole.

New regulations on private water supplies in England and Wales came into force on 1 January 2010. These Regulations apply to everybody who owns or uses a private water supply. They have been introduced to ensure that water from private supplies is wholesome, so that people who drink water or consume food or drinks made from private supplies do so without risk to their health.

The new regulations provide guidance on our requirements for risk assessment, sampling and action that must be taken if a private water supply fails to meet the required standard to protect the health of anyone likely to drink the water.

Within Eden we have several hundred properties that are served by a private water supply.