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Private Water Supplies and Drought Conditions

 

Following below average winter rainfall for the past two years some areas in England and Wales are suffering from drought conditions.  This may cause groundwater levels to become exceptionally low which can affect private water supplies, for example springs sources and wells drying up or pumps running dry.

 

As a person responsible for a Private Water Supply there are actions you may now wish to consider in response to the drought conditions and the Environment Agency has produced a leaflet providing more details.  There are also tips on how to use your water more efficiently.  The information produced by the Environment Agency can be viewed by clicking on the following link.  

  

The DWI have summarised the Private Water Supply Legislation with regards to drought conditions detailing the responsibilities of the Local Authority, the local water company and the person(s) responsible for the Private water Supply.    Should a domestic supply become insufficient you can contact the Local Authority or local water company for advice.  Only when it is considered that there is a danger to life or human health is there an obligation to provide an alternative supply, in these circumstances the Local Authority has the power to require the local water company to supply water by means other than in pipes.  Charges are likely to be made for this service.  In practice, owners of domestic supplies should approach their water company directly.    

 

Owners or large and/or commercial supplies need to have their own arrangements in place for an alternate supply of water.

 

For full details please click on the following link.

 

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