What is a private water supply?
A private water supply (PWS) is a supply of water which is not provided by a water supplier (e.g. Yorkshire Water). The source of the supply may come from a:
- River or stream
- Lake or pond
- Private distribution system (mains water privately distributed by a second party)
The supply may serve one property or several properties.
The Private Water Supply Regulations (2009) require the council to carry out risk assessments including sampling on most PWSs to ensure quality standards similar to those of mains water supplies. The council is permitted to recover the costs incurred for carrying out this work. For fees and charges please see the documents section on this page.
The risk assessment looks at a variety of factors to see if there is a significant risk of contamination to the water supply and if it is safe to drink. They must be done by the council or someone authorised to act on the council's behalf.
Private Water Supply users should register the supply with the with the council's Food and Health Team.
Tel: 0113 247 6286.
Post: Food and Health Team, Environmental Action Services, Millshaw Park Way, Churwell, Leeds, LS11 0LS.
Environment Agency and Water Abstraction Licences.