Water Supplies

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.

Current Government advice is to adopt social distancing and avoid unnecessary travel in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). As a consequence, Mendip District Council is postponing routine sampling of private water supplies until such guidance changes. It is hoped that outstanding visits can be rescheduled for later in the year but this does depend on the development of the pandemic.
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 e.g. a well, spring or borehole, stream, river, lake or pond. The supply may serve just one property or several properties. A private water supply must not be bought into use until the authority is satisfied that the supply does not constitute a potential danger to health. All water supplies are required to have a treatment system installed.