Pollution Control – Water
What areas of water quality do the Commercial Health Team look at?
Private Water Supplies: For those who extract their private water supply from springs, boreholes, streams etc.
Bathing Waters: To include swimming pools at leisure centres, jacuzzi’s, hydrotherapy pools etc.
Mains Water: To include manufacturers of foods and drinks as well as occasionally looking at domestic supply.
Private Water Supplies
We have a number of domestic and commercial private water supplies where we are the responsible authority for monitoring their quality both microbiologically (bacteria) and chemically (e.g.Nitrates).
The legislation we use is made under the Water Industry Act 1991 and is called the Private Water Supplies Regulations 1991. This tells us what the standards of the water should be and how often we have to test the water depending upon its use. We charge for this service but will not charge for any necessary retesting where problems have been identified as long as remedial works have been carried out.
We are responsible for checking the quality of all our swimming pools, jacuzzi’s and toddler pools in leisure centres, private health clubs and hotels.
We check these on a bi-monthly basis for microbiology quality (bacteria) unless there is a complaint or a problem, in which case the frequency will be increased.
Mains Water Supply
We also examine the quality of the mains water in 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’.
Environmental Health Services, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX
Tel: 01748 829100 Fax: 01748 826186