Under the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 the District Council has a duty to ensure that the location of all private water supplies is recorded, and those that serve commercial businesses or more than one domestic property are monitored to ensure that they are of sufficiently high quality to protect the health of consumers.
Water supplies not provided by the public water supply (mains water) can be from a borehole, spring, well or originate from ground run-off. Each supply requires its own unique protection and treatment. The Regulations have brought in risk assessments to assess the supply from source to tap; each supply is then risk rated. Improvements are either recommended, or where there is a risk to public health, enforced under The Regulations.