Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I gain from having a private water supply?
Complete control over what goes in and what comes out of your filtered water. In addition you save money - and lots of it.
If your a dairy and or beef farmer and you currently spend around £12,000 pa as an example, You will recoup your investment in about 12 - 18 months. Additionally, you wont get a water bill ever again, your annual running costs will be small, along with maintenance costs.
If you are a domestic user it may take longer to regain your costs but even still there is no bills or hose pipe bans to ever worry about. Your system will be much smaller then a commercial system so your pay back should fall in between 5 and 10 years.
Q: What will my current water supplier have to say about that?
The key word here is supplier and not as many people refer to them as 'authorities'. Your water supplier is a retailer; a shop which sells water. No matter what opinions they may have about you switching to a private water supply, they have no authority to compel you to do otherwise. There is no requirement for you even inform them either.
The main thing is when they decide to "up" the dosage of floride or what ever your local supplier decides to put in the water supply next you do not have to worry about it. When they decide to put a hose pipe ban in place you can share your water with your neighbours (if your that nice) or continue using your water as you normally would because it is you that governs how much you use.
Q: Will my private water supply be better than buying from a mains supplier?
The short answer is yes - massively so.
Rarely, private water supplies yield water of such a low standard that the cost of refining it makes the project too expensive. In general, your water will be of mineral water standard, without the preservative additives which mains water/municipal suppliers use, plus it will be free from added fluoride.
We tend not to install any filtration that "adds" things to the water especially chemicals. We usually use systems such as UV's to kill bacteria and use back wash systems to remove anything rather then add to the water.
Q: If I choose to opt for a private water supply, must I inform anyone?
It would be considered gracious to inform the British Geological Survey (bgs) as they monitor ground water levels across the whole of the British Isles. They may already be aware of your bore or well if it's been around for some time.
If it is a new borehole, The driller is required to inform the British Gerological Survey. If you want this to be kept confidential then just speak with the driller before the drilling starts (there is a charge).
If your water analysis reports any one or more of a specific group of pathogens/bacteria, then you are required to inform your local council of contamination of ground water and also the Department of the Environment. If you have a new borehole drilled the driller will inform bgs and if there is a substantial contamination we will usually let the local council know for you.
Q: If my private water supply develops a problem, can I switch back to a mains water supply until it is fixed?
Yes of course you can, We would always recommend such a system in case of this eventuality. However, your mains water supplier will require you to install a means of isolating your private water supply from theirs to eliminate the risk of any cross contamination of the two. We usually do this automatically so we elimenate any concern anyone may have.
More on the different methods of doing this may be found in our section entitled the
prevention of cross contamination of different supplies.