Water Technologies – Private Water Supplies
Safe drinking water is essential for good health, all private water supplies can pose a threat to health. Unless properly protected and treated the water may become contaminated with bacteria or other substances.
Design & Installation
- Water Technologies design and install filtration systems in accordance with the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
Servicing & Maintenance
- Cleaning & Disinfection of water tanks and pipework systems in accordance with BS6700
Replacement of UV and Carbon Filters
Microbiological Water Sampling & Analysis
Keeping Your Supply Safe
Find Out About Your Supply:
- Who is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance (if this is not clear, consider reaching an agreement with the other users)?
- Where is the source?
- How does it get to your property?
- Is it treated in any way?
- Is the treatment equipment in good order and maintained and
- serviced regularly?
- Has your supply been tested?
- Check that the source is adequately protected by watertight covers to stop surface water entering your supply, particularly at times of heavy rain.
- Ensure that the water being collected is not contaminated by discharges from a septic tank, or slurry spreading, or any nearby sources of pollution e.g pesticide or oil storage.
- Check that neighbouring farmers are aware of the drinking water supply and the need to avoid contaminating it by farming activities.
- Fencing may be necessary to stop farm and other animals from interfering with the source.
- Divert rain-water run-off so it does not flow into your supply (for example, with a small ditch leading away from your supply).
Pipe Work and Storage Tanks:
- Check that pipe work bringing the water from your source is in good condition, does not leak and is protected from being damaged by weather, animals or farm machinery.
- Storage tanks should have watertight walls and lids.
- Overflow pipes or vents should be protected by a suitable mesh to prevent small animals entering the tank/chamber.
- A schedule should be put in place for regular checking and maintenance of pipe work and storage tanks.
- Treatment installed on your supply should be maintained and serviced as recommended by the manufacturer.
- UV treatment should be regularly checked to ensure it is operating correctly and the pre-filter replaced, as required, dependent on the quality of the source water.
- UV lamps should be routinely replaced, normally annually.
- Where chlorination is used to disinfect the supply, controls should be in place maintain the required levels of chlorine at all times, especially over weekends.
- Treatment/disinfection in place should be sufficient to adequately treat the water even during periods when your water quality may be poor.