Grants of up to £800 per property are available without means testing and in some circumstances additional funding may also be available.

Local councils in Scotland are currently offering improvement grants to nearly all properties served by a private water supply.

Applications for financial assistance of up to £800 per property can be made by owner occupiers, landlords and tenants and further assistance may be available where an applicant can demonstrate that they would not be able to meet the costs of the improvements without incurring undue hardship.

Please note that grants cannot be applied for retrospectively (for works which are already started or completed) and must be for a private water supply i.e. not for allowing users to connect to the public mains water supply.

How do I apply for a grant?

To start your application for a grant you’ll need to get a free water supply risk assessment carried out.

  • The first step is to register your water source with your local authority / council.
  • The authority / council will then arrange for a free the water supply risk assessment to be conducted.
  • Finally they will contact you with the results of the assessment detailing the works necessary for improvement and sending you a grant application form.

Contact details for your local council can be found on the DWQR (Drinking Water Quality Regulator) website here.

The Water Supply Risk Assessment

After you’ve registered your private water source, trained staff from your council’s Water Supply Risk Assessment Service will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time to assess your supply.

The visit is likely to take 1 – 4 hours, depending on the complexity of the supply as council officers will need to examine the whole supply from the source to the taps.

Water sampling will be carried out to determine if  bacteria and / or chemical contaminants are present thereby posing a risk to your health. You can also request that your water is tested for lead content.

Group Applications

You and any neighbours sharing the same water source can submit a joint application covering all the premises served by the supply. Group applications of this type are generally encouraged by councils as treating the whole supply with one system is both more economical and more effective long term.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about applying for a grant then please contact us for impartial advice.

Tel: 01738 626 648

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