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

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

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

Charging Scheme: £63.50 standard charge for site visit (plus cost of laboratory analysis) additional fee according to parameters of sample.  Please ask for further information.

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

 

Activity: Investigation

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

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

Charging Scheme: £20

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

 

Activity: Monitoring for Group A parameters

Charging Scheme: £50

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

 

Activity: Monitoring for Group B parameters

Charging Scheme: £292

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

 

The 2018 Amendment Regulations permit the Local Authority to reduce the frequency of sampling of Group B parameters only when there are three years of results which are at less than 60% of the maximum concentration or value for each parameter. The Local Authority may remove a Group B parameter from sampling only when there are three years of results which are at less than 30% of the maximum concentration or value for each parameter. Where this is done the cost will be reduced accordingly.

 

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 monitoring for Group A parameters and Group B parameters 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 <10m3 a day are subject to monitoring under Regulation 10 and risk assessments every five years.