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Private Water Supplies Charging Arrangements

The Council has a rolling programme to monitor private water supplies. Laws controlling the way that local authorities carry out their duty concerning private water supplies are included in the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2016. Among other things these rules set out how often a local authority must take a sample of water from a private supply, what tests it must carry out and how much it can charge for taking the sample and testing the water.

Charging Arrangements

Activity: Risk Assessment

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £500

Charging Scheme: On a cost recovery basis (contractor and officer time spent on the assessment)

Comments:  Officer time charged at £40 per hour, Typical cost £200 - £250

 

Activity: Sampling

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £100

Charging Scheme: £61 standard charge for site visit (plus cost of laboratory analysis)

Comments: Specially requested samples may incur additional mileage.  Quote obtained from contractor before sample taken.

 

Activity: Investigation

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £100

Charging Scheme: On a cost recovery basis (contractor and officer time spent on the investigation, plus any analysis costs)

Comments:  Carried out in the event of a sampling failure. May be substituted by risk assessment.

 

Activity:Authorisation

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £100

Charging Scheme: On a cost recovery basis (officer time in granting the authorisation)

Comments:  Application by the owner of the supply for permission to breach a standard temporarily whilst remedial work is carried out.

 

Analysis:

Activity: Under Regulation 10

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £25

Charging Scheme: £10

Comments:  Where a supply provides <10m3 / day or <50 people and is used for domestic purposes.

 

Activity: Check Monitoring

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £100

Charging Scheme: £35

Comments:  Large and/or commercial supplies at frequency dependent on volume of water used.

 

Activity: Audit Monitoring / Reduced suite of parameters for existing supplies

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £500

Charging Scheme: £100

Comments:  Large and/or commercial supplies at frequency dependent on volume of water used.

 

Activity: Audit Monitoring / New supplies

Maximum Charge Permitted by the Regulations: £500

Charging Scheme: £150

Comments: New supplies are tested for full suite of parameters.  If all results are satisfactory then future sampling will be restricted to reduced suite.

 

Notes

  1. Private water supplies serving single dwellings are exempt from the requirements of the Regulations, however sampling and risk assessments will be carried out on request.
  2. Large supplies (10m3 per day or more) and supplies to commercial or public premises are subject to check monitoring and audit monitoring at a frequency dependent on the volume of water used. Risk assessments are carried out every five years.
  3. Supplies which serve more than one dwelling where the use is purely domestic and the volume used is <10ma day are subject to monitoring under Regulation 10 and risk assessments every five years.