Water companies and the Drinking Water Inspectorate are responsible for mains water in Ryedale. But we are responsible for monitoring and undertaking risk assessments on private water supplies.
- The drinking water to your property can be directly supplied either from a mains water supply (eg Yorkshire Water) or from a private water supply (eg borehole, spring etc).
- If you own a Private Distribution Network, you will be responsible for the pipework and distribution system serving buildings/structures occupied by others. Yorkshire Water is not responsible. You’ll find more about Private Distribution Networks below.
Mains water supplies
Most houses in Ryedale receive mains water – provided by Yorkshire Water.
- Yorkshire Water is responsible for providing clean and wholesome drinking water to the homes they supply
- The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) is responsible for overseeing compliance with mains water drinking quality standards
You can find out more here:
Private water supplies
Some of Ryedale’s rural properties aren’t connected to mains water and rely on private supplies (like wells, boreholes, springs or streams). This means their water isn’t supplied by a water company, like Yorkshire Water.
We keep records of all the private water supplies in Ryedale and send information each year to the Drinking Water Inspectorate.
How do I register my private water supply?
To register your private water supply, please complete the Private Water Supplies Questionnaire and return to Health and Environment.
How we monitor private water supplies
We carry out a risk assessment of Ryedale’s private water supplies every five years. This involves:
- Surveying the supply from the source (eg spring or borehole) through the distribution network to the consumer’s tap
- Identifying any significant risks that could harm human health
- Identifying non-compliance with any of our standards
- Sampling the water at the tap and analysing it
We charge a fee to carry out a risk assessment, and to monitor and investigate the water. This is based on the cost of the visit and the cost of laboratory analysis.
For more information about charges, please submit an Enquiry Form.
You can also read more about private water supplies and the regulations here:
- The Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016
- DWI Private Water Supplies Regulations and Guidance
|Details||Unit of Charge||2021/22 (£)|
|Water Samples||Per visit||80.00 plus analysis fee|
|Private Water Supplies|
|Each assessment||64.00 plus hourly charge of £32 after 2 hours plus the cost of any analyst fees|
|Analysing a sample – under regulation 10||Small domestic supply||100% of actual laboratory costs|
|Analysing a sample – during check monitoring||100% of actual laboratory costs|
|Analysing a sample during audit monitoring||100% of actual laboratory costs|
What is a private distribution network?
A Private Distribution Network is where mains water (eg water supplied by Yorkshire Water) is supplied to the boundary of a site and is then distributed to different independent properties or buildings. The water is distributed through a privately owned and maintained network of pipes.
With private distribution networks, the site owner is responsible for the supply to each property/building. A caravan park is a typical example.
How do I register my private distribution network?
To register your Private Distribution Network or to find out if you are responsible for a Private Distribution Network, please submit an Enquiry Form.