Private Water Supply Grants
Improvement grants are available at the moment to nearly all properties served by a private water supply. Applications can be made by owner occupiers, landlords, tenants and other relevant persons. Financial assistance of up to £800 per property is available without means testing. Further financial assistance may be available where an applicant can demonstrate that they would not be able to meet the costs of the improvements without incurring undue hardship. A mandated application is also possible; this means that where an applicant has insufficient funds to pay for the works we can ensure that the contractor is paid directly by us.
The first step is to have a free risk assessment conducted by staff from this Service. We will then forward you a letter detailing the works necessary for improvement and a grant application form. Group applications between neighbours are encouraged, but individual properties may also apply.
We cannot issue grants retrospectively for works which are already started or completed or to allow users to connect to the public mains water supply
Risk Assessments for Private Water Supplies
Along with relevant persons we will look at the whole supply from the source to the taps. The visit is likely to take 1 - 4 hours, depending on the complexity of the supply. The process is designed to include all types and sizes of supply, it highlights possible contamination routes and increases awareness of the potential risks and the importance of ongoing maintenance amongst users. There is no charge for this service. The benefits include an impartial investigation of the whole supply and advice regarding suitable treatment. Any improvements to the supply found to be required, may attract grant assistance.
Maintenance Advice for Private Water Supplies
Following the risk assessment of a supply and the installation of any required treatment systems and protective measures, routine maintenance has to be undertaken to ensure optimum water quality and to minimise the risk of contaminated water being consumed.
Click here (PDF 42kb) for a generic maintenance plan which can be used to help achieve a safe water supply - alternatively this PDF can be downloaded from the Current Documents Section.
For further information please contact your local Environmental Health Office.