The supply of water to your property can either be a public mains water supply provided by a water company e.g. Bristol Water, or it can be from a private water supply such as water from a well, spring or borehole, river or rain water.
Whatever your water source everyone has the right to expect clean, safe drinking water.
If you are on a public mains water supply in the Mendip area this is supplied by Bristol Water.
If you are hosting a large event you must have a wholesome water supply free from bacteria, parasites and chemical contamination for drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene.
A private water supply is any water supply which is not provided directly by a water company (eg Bristol Water) or a licensed water supplier and may serve just one property or several properties. The source of water may be a well, spring, borehole, stream, river, lake or pond. (Someone who is a Bristol Water customer may distribute their water further to other properties, in which case it is also considered to be a private water supply.) A private water supply must not be brought into use until the authority is satisfied that the supply does not constitute a potential danger to health. All water supplies should have a treatment system installed.