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Private Water Supplies

Not everyone receives their water from the mains; some properties in East Herts get their water from private boreholes. You can find details here about how we go about ensuring that the water is safe to drink.

We have some 200 private water supplies within the District.  These are properties served from their own bore or well supply. The Council has a duty register these supplies and for those of a commercial nature or with more than one domestic property, to check the safety of these supplies and has a programme of sampling. 

In addition to the sampling requirement, the Council is required to undertake regular risk assessments of each supply to identify any potential sources of contamination.

If you are on a private water supply and would like to discuss opting into our sampling programme please email


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