What areas of water quality do Environmental Health Officers look at?
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Private Water Supplies
For those who extract their private water supply from boreholes, wells or other sources not supplied by a water undertaker.
A risk assessment of all water supplies serving more than one household now has to be carried out every 5 years to determine that the supply and any treatment is capable of supplying safe wholesome water.
Where inspection and sampling shows this is not the case the local authority can require improvements to be carried out to improve the quality of the water supply.
For further information on the legislation and advice on providing a safe water supply please visit Private Water Supplies.
Please see charges made for sampling and inspecting private water supplies within Stafford Borough 2019.
Includes swimming pools at leisure centres, Jacuzzi's, hydrotherapy pools.
We are responsible for checking the quality of all our swimming pools to include leisure centres, private health clubs, hotels and outdoor pools, hospital hydrotherapy pools, Jacuzzi's and paddling pools.
We check the chemical levels and microbiological quality of the water if we receive a complaint or if an owner of an establishment requests a sample to be taken, charges may apply.
Mains Water Supply
Includes Manufacturers of foods and drinks as well as occasionally looking at domestic supply.
We also examine the quality of the mains water of our food manufacturers to include breweries and other food industries. We may occasionally become involved in the testing of domestic mains water in addition to the statutory water undertaker.
In addition, the Drinking Water Inspectorate, who are the national body for ensuring the quality of water, provide an annual publication titled 'How Good is Your Drinking Water'.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Council test the drinking water in my home?
If your water is supplied by a water company (eg Severn Trent Water) you should contact them first. If you are not happy with their response then the Council can take water samples from your home. If the water to your home is not supplied from the water mains the Council will take samples of the water, we will make a charge for this - see charges.
Does the Council check the quality of mains water?
No, not routinely. The Drinking Water Inspectorate do this and publish reports. The Water companies do have a duty to keep the Council informed about the water quality in the area. The Drinking Water Inspectorate check that the water companies comply with this requirement.
Does the Council check the quality of water drawn from private suppliers?
Yes. The Private Water Supplies Regulations 2018 require us to have a sampling programme for these supplies. The Regulations set the standard the water must attain, the frequency of sampling and what we test for.
Will the Council test the drinking water in my work place?
Yes, if the Council is responsible for health and safety regulations at the work place. In other circumstances we may refer you to the Health and Safety Executive. If the work place manufactures food we may take water samples as part of our duties under food safety legislation.
I am concerned about the water quality in the pool at my gym, will the Council sample the water?
Yes, we will investigate your concerns and taking a water sample may form part of this work.