Private water supplies

Updates to the public and private drinking water regulations

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are seeking views on proposed amendments to the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016 (‘public regulations’) and the Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016 (‘private regulations’); known jointly as the drinking water regulations. The changes will only apply to England.

Further information on the consultation can be viewed by visiting consult.defra.gov.uk/water-quality/drinking-water-regulations-2017/

The consultation closes on 24 October 2017.


A private water supply is any water not provided by a water company and not considered "mains". The water can come from wells, boreholes, springs, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. We monitor private water supply quality to make sure it's safe.

To protect your water supply you should carry out a risk assessment, monitoring, maintenance and treatment. You should also know your supply, including the source, pipe work and plumbing, and protect your supply at the source.

For details about changing to a mains supply, contact Yorkshire Water for advice.

More information can be found on the Drinking Water Inspectorate website.