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Home > Environment > Private water supplies > Private Water Supplies Charging Arrangements

Private Water Supplies Charging Arrangements

The Council monitors private water supplies in accordance with:

  • the Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016
  • the Private Water Supplies (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

These regulations decide:

  • how often the Council must take a sample of water from a supply
  • which tests it must carry out
  • how much the Council can charge for sampling and testing

Charging fees

Risk Assessment

Carried out on a cost recovery basis (contractor and officer time spent on the assessment).

Comments

Officer time is charged at £52 per hour. Typical cost £200 - £250.

 

Investigation

Carried out 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 lead to a risk assessment being carried out.

 

Authorisation

Carried out on a cost recovery basis (officer time spent in granting the authorisation).

Comments

Application made by the owner of the supply, for permission to temporarily breach a standard whilst work is carried out.

 

Charging fees for sampling and testing

Sampling

Fee

£75 standard charge for site visit.

The cost of testing of the samples is added to this fee.

Comments

Specially requested samples may be subject to additional mileage. Quote can be requested from the contractor before the sample is taken.

 

Testing

Analysis of the water is completed by Anglian Water at their Huntingdon laboratory. The cost of testing is what Anglian Water charges the Council.

Anglian water has reviewed its prices as of 1st September 2020 and they are as follows:

Testing under Regulation 10

Fee

£53

Comments

Applies where a supply:

  • provides less than 10 cubic metres of water per day
  • provides for less than 50 people and
  • the water is used for domestic purposes

Testing for Group A parameters

Fee

£75

Comments

Applies to large and/or commercial supplies. The more water used, the more often a sample is taken.

Testing for Group B parameters

Fee

£281

Comments

Applies to large and/or commercial supplies.  The more water used, the more often a sample is taken.

 

The regulations allow the Council to remove a Group B parameter from the samples taken under certain conditions.

This applies when:

  • there are three years of results without failures
  • the sample passed at less than 30% of the maximum permitted concentration of the parameter

Where this occurs, the cost of testing will be reduced.

 

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 (10 cubic meters per day or more), and supplies to commercial or public premises, are subject to sampling for Group A parameters and Group B parameters. This is at a frequency dependent on the volume of water used. They are also subject to a risk assessment every 5 years.
  3. Supplies which:
  • serve more than one dwelling
  • have a use that's purely domestic
  • have a volume used that is less than 10 cubic meters a day 

are subject to sampling under the regulations. Risk assessments will be carried out every 5 years.