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Sampling of Private Water Supplies and Spring Water

Sampling of private water supplies from springs and wells, is carried out by the Environment Team, part of Worcestershire Regulatory Services working on behalf of Malvern Hills District Council. The actual frequency of sampling depends on the category of the supply. This can be as frequent as once a month to as infrequent as once every five years.

In the case of supplies to private dwellings and businesses, the results of the sampling are reported back to the owners and users of the supply when they become available. This work is prescribed under the Private Water Supplies Regulations 1991. A summary of some of the most common and potentially serious contaminants found in private water supplies, together with advice on remedial measures can be found in the leaflet Bacteria in Your Water Supply.

Any person who would like to have their private water supply assessed can arrange for this to be carried out by getting in touch with the Malvern Hills Customer Service and Contact Centre (see below). The only charge currently levied is that which is prescribed in the regulations, which includes the laboratory fee for the analysis.

To arrange for your private water supply to be tested, please contact Customer Services.

In addition to the work carried out above, the Environment Team have also been taking regular samples from various public water spouts in Malvern town. The results (see below) are colour-coded to indicate whether or not they comply with the requirements of the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009.

PLEASE NOTE: THESE WATER SUPPLIES ARE FREQUENTLY HEAVILY CONTAMINATED WITH BACTERIA, INCLUDING E-COLI AND ANY WATER TAKEN FROM THESE SUPPLIES COULD CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS UNLESS SUITABLE PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN, SUCH AS THOROUGHLY BOILING BEFORE USE.

The use of any water originating from these supplies is at the user's own risk.

* Sampling Results 2009 

* Sampling Results 2010 

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This page was last reviewed 6 June 2011 at 14:35 by Brian Edmunds.
The page is next due for review 3 December 2011.
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