Legal Duties & Regulations

Private Water Supplies
Legal Duties & Regulations


Regulation for private water supplies is covered by local authorities under the Private Water Supply (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the Water (Scotland) Act 1980.

These regulations stipulate that all private water supplies must be registered with the local authority governing the area where the source of the supply is located.

You should check that your property is registered by contacting your local authority environmental health service. A list of local authority contacts can be found on the government’s private water supply website here.

Risk Assessment

Once you’ve registered your water source with your local authority, they will arrange a risk assessment during which the source of your water supply will be tested to determine its suitability for human consumption and what (if any) treatment will be required.

Why Do I Need My Water Tested?

While mains drinking water is regularly tested to ensure it is of a standard fit for human consumption, water from a private supply does not undergo either testing or treatment unless you arrange this yourself. In order to provide safe drinking water for you and your family and to comply with the law regarding private water supplies you must get your water tested by your local authority.

I Have the Results of the Risk Assessment – What Now?

If you contact us with the findings of the risk assessment and / or course of action recommended by your local authority’s environmental health service we will be glad to help you find a cost effective solution to the issue or issues identified. We can even put you in touch with a qualified professional who can help you install it.

Grants From Local Authorities

Grants of up to £800 are currently available from all local authorities in Scotland provided that the main source of water for human consumption in your home or business premises is via a private water supply and that this supply is in need of improvement to bring it up to standard.
For more information please see our Private Water Supply Grants page.

Contact Us

If you're not sure about any aspect of your private water supply, please contact us for impartial advice.

Further Reading

For further information on registering and arranging a risk assessment of your private water supply, we’d recommend the following sites:

If you have any further queries or need help navigating the potentially complicated process of planning, registering or maintaining a private water supply, remember you can always give us a quick call for some impartial advice.

Tel: 01738 626 648

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