Consultation on Privater Water Supply Legislation

If your property has a shared private water supply, like most of us, you may have received a letter asking for responses to a consultation about some proposed changes to the legislation for private water supplies. To summarise very briefly, the following changes are proposed:

1) To increase the things sampled for, for at least 3 years, at extra cost to us.
2) To allow the local authority to increase charges for sampling and risk assessments, as they see fit.
3) To give the local authority powers to carry out works on our water supplies if they see fit, and charge us the cost.

Garsdale Parish council has sent the attached letter objecting to these three proposals, as we do not believe the proposal takes any account of the rural householders’ interests.

If you do not agree with the above proposal, then please ensure you lodge your objection before the deadline of 24 October, either online at

or by email to

or by letter to
Drinking Water Quality
Area 3D
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

Water proposal letter 1

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