CLA64 - A guide to private water supplies

Private water supplies (PWS) may only supply water to one percent of the population of England and Wales, but in rural areas they are often a vital source of water, especially for those where connection to public supplies is prohibitively expensive.

The source of a private supply can be drawn from surface water or groundwater. The handbook explains some of the practical issues of sinking a borehole and where to get further advice.

The principal legislation concerning PWS is the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 which came into force in 2010. The handbook takes readers through the regulations and covers definitions of large and small supplies, water intended for human consumption, private distribution networks, reselling water, compliance with the regulations, monitoring supplies, risk assessments and costs.

Responsibility for PWS can often be contentious especially with the new regulations and increased costs necessary to implement them. The handbook helps to explain who the responsible and relevant person is according to the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 and presents examples to clarify this.

The handbook incorporates case studies based on member enquiries, and important sources of information on all aspects of PWS are included in the appendices.

To order this handbook:

telephone 020 7460 7969 – please have your membership and credit card numbers to hand; 


go to the CLA online shop.

Price for members: £15 - Price for non-members: £115

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