Private water supplies

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.

To register your private water supply, fill in the private water supply questionnaire and send it back to us.

Private water supply regulations

These apply to all private water supplies intended for human use. Details of fees and charges can be found on our private water supply classification and charges page.

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

Publication of summary of responses on the drinking water regulations consultation

The summary of responses to the consultation on proposed amendments to the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016 (the "public regulations") and the Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016 (the "private regulations"); known jointly as the drinking water regulations has been published on the Government website at:

The consultation concerned Commission Directive (EU) 2015/1787 which amended Annexes II and III of Council Directive 98/83/EC (the “Drinking Water Directive”) and ran for 6 weeks from 12 September to 24 October 2017. Defra received 221 responses. The regulations that amend the drinking water regulations are being finalised and will be laid in Parliament in June. They will come into force 21 days after being laid.