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Testing Your Water

How to Get Your Water Tested - for Free

In the UK it is possible to get your water tested by a private
laboratory. Expect to pay around £180. Just make sure the lab is
certified by the Drinking Water Inspectorate.

However you can get this for free. We'll show you how, depending on
whether you get mains water or have a private water supply.


Mains Water

UK water companies have a statutory duty to test local water supplies
on a regular basis.

Your water will vary depending on your local water treatment plant -
each water company / region has hundreds of treatment plants.
Generally each one will be tested weekly or daily. The water company
has to give you the results for your local area (often called a
"zone") on request free of charge.

Most of the water companies provide this on their websites. You simply
enter your postcode. Here's an example

http://www.unitedutilities.com/waterquality.aspx At the bottom of that
page is a section "Water quality lookup"

Here's a result we got using a random postcode W1A 4PN. As you can see
they give a preamble mentioning the fact that there's no fluoride
artificially added.


 

Get a direct link to your local water company's website

For Scotland http://www.scotlandontap.gov.uk/suppliers/

For England and Wales see the table below

 


You can also call your water company for more information.

Here's a list of phone numbers

 

For Scotland http://www.scotlandontap.gov.uk/suppliers/

For England and Wales http://dwi.defra.gov.uk/water-company-contact.htm


Note re Emergencies

If your water should suddenly start tasting or smelling foul or go
some strange colour you should call the water company immediately.
They are obligated to send out an emergency team urgently.

 

 

Testing Private Water Supplies

If you aren't on mains water ie you get your water from a borehole,
well or a spring then you can contact your local council’s
environmental health department.

They should come out and test your water for you. You might want to
check with them first about any cost as some councils might try to
charge for this.

 

Direct links to your English and Welsh water company websites

Region of England or Wales Water Company
Central & Eastern Region

Albion Water
Independent Water Networks
Peel Water Networks Ltd
Severn Trent 
South Staffs
SSE Water Ltd
Veolia

Anglian Water 
Cambridge 
Essex & Suffolk

London & South East Region

Affinity Water
Portsmouth 
Southern
South East 
Sutton & East Surrey
Thames 

The North Hartlepool
Northumbrian
United Utilities
Yorkshire
The West Bristol
Cholderton & District 
South West
Sembcorp
Bournemouth Water

Wessex
Wales Dee Valley
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

 

UK Water Filters Ltd

Author: By Ed Parry