Keeping Your Supply Safe

Find Out About Your Supply:

Who is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance (if this is not clear, consider reaching an agreement with the other users)?
Where is the source?
How does it get to your property?
Is it treated in any way?
Is the treatment equipment in good order and maintained and
serviced regularly?

Has your supply been tested?

Source Protection:

• Check that the source is adequately protected by watertight covers to stop surface water entering your supply, particularly at times of heavy rain.
• Ensure that the water being collected is not contaminated by discharges from a septic tank, or slurry spreading, or any nearby sources of pollution e.g pesticide or oil storage.
• Check that neighbouring farmers are aware of the drinking water supply and the need to avoid contaminating it by farming activities.
• Fencing may be necessary to stop farm and other animals from interfering with the source.
• Divert rain-water run-off so it does not flow into your supply (for example, with a small ditch leading away from your supply).

Pipe Work and Storage Tanks:

• Check that pipe work bringing the water from your source is in good condition, does not leak and is protected from being damaged by weather, animals or farm machinery.
• Storage tanks should have watertight walls and lids.
• Overflow pipes or vents should be protected by a suitable mesh to prevent small animals entering the tank/chamber.
• A schedule should be put in place for regular checking and maintenance of pipe work and storage tanks.

Water Treatment:

• Treatment installed on your supply should be maintained and serviced as recommended by the manufacturer.
• UV treatment should be regularly checked to ensure it is operating correctly and the pre-filter replaced, as required, dependent on the quality of the source water.
• UV lamps should be routinely replaced, normally annually.
• Where chlorination is used to disinfect the supply, controls should be in place maintain the required levels of chlorine at all times, especially over weekends.
• Treatment/disinfection in place should be sufficient to adequately treat the water even during periods when your water quality may be poor.

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