Private Water Supplies – Deadline Looming

Regulation 6 of the Private Water Supplies Regulations required that a local authority must carry out a risk assessment of all its private supplies except single domestic ones, within five years.

That five year deadline of January 2015 is nearly here. The latest figures come from the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s 2013 Annual Report. It states that to the end of 2013, only 64% of private supplies serving food premises and 60% of public buildings had been assessed. Of the shared domestic supplies only 20% had been risk assessed….. Leaving over 10,500 to go!

81 local authorities had assessed all their supplies when the document was compiled; however, many of those had fewer than 10 to assess. More worrying is that 10 authorities had not yet started risk assessing.

Most authorities therefore still have quite a task ahead of them and it will be interesting to see how the European Union reacts to this failure to comply with the Directive that Britain signed up to in 1998. Local authorities are nervously watching the DWI to see what they will do to enforce compliance.

New regulations are due in 2015 to include radon as a sampling parameter so the regulations are a constantly moving target. It was always going to be a challenge for local authorities to keep up with these regulations and Landmark has therefore been involved with helping a number of local authorities meet their requirements.

There is still a huge number of risk assessments to be done and the UK will definitely fail to comply with the legal requirement it set itself. It seems that the way forward is that local authorities should provide the DWI with a cunning plan to get them back on track and get the risk assessments done as soon as possible.

If you are affected by the legislation, just call us and we will be happy to help you comply.