Blow for families on a private water supply

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THE 1,800 properties in Calderdale using private water supplies will have to pay the council hundreds of pounds in future.

Testing is being introduced to guarantee water quality – and householders who enjoy a private supply will have to shell out to have the water analysed.

Risk assessments must be carried out every five years at a cost of between £267 and £400 and sampling visits will cost between £82 and £164.

Since 1999, the tests have been carried out for free.

But now Calderdale Council Cabinet has decided that extra sampling requirements mean the cost will have to be passed on to users.

Economy and environment spokesman Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) explained: “The Government has introduced new water supply regulations.

“The new rules have been brought in because of the possible risk to public health.”

He added: “It is not right for the council as a whole to continue subsidising this work.”

It is estimated the new duties will cost the council more than £30,000 per year.

It is estimated there are 1,800 homes and businesses in Calderdale not connected to the main Yorkshire Water supply.

Instead their water comes from wells, boreholes and underground springs and is piped into their properties.

The cost after installatioin is negligible and no licence is required. Providing the borehole is lower than the water table, it will never dry up.