Before we install any filtration system for your private water supply we either need to see a recent water analysis (within one year), or we need to carry out a water sample. This is tested at a UKAS (UK Accreditation Service) Laboratory within 24 hours of the test being taken.
It takes around 10 working days to do as the samples need to be cultivated and given sufficient time to be processed analysed.
What do we test for?
There is a series of laboratory tests needed in order to correctly specify any necessary treatment for Private Water Supplies in order to comply with the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 (see more below).
We test for a wide range of impurities and properties including aluminium, arsenic, bacteria, copper, e.coli, odour, taste and turbidity.
For a full list of items please download our Private Water Supply Testing document (PDF).
What do we do with this information?
The results will tell us exactly what minerals are present in your supply and if there's evidence of bacteria. We can then decide what the best system would be for you, or if you already have a system in place, it tells us how we should, if necessary, change it so the water meets the necessary standards.
We do not share this information with anyone outside the company.
Significant changes were made to existing regulations in 2009 including the requirement for risk assessment every 5 years for all supplies except single domestic dwellings. Your water also has to comply with the same quality standards as mains water and compliance with the regulations is a legal requirement: existing supplies must comply with the regulations even if it requires new work in order to be brought up to the standards.
We've written a special, general overview to help you understand the new rules. Although some of the information is by necessity technical, most of it is written in plain English with minimal use of jargon. However, if you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to call us on 01422 377367 - our friendly staff are here to help.
Click here to download our Private Water Supply Regulations notes (PDF)
We have also prepared a document detailing all the contamination limits for private water supplies which you may find useful: Water Contamination Limits (PDF).