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Environmental Health

Water quality

The Scottish Government currently provide financial grants of up to £800 towards the cost of improving, protecting or upgrading Type B and Some Type A private water supplies. This grant is administered by the Council.

Drinking Water quality

Properties within East Renfrewshire are either connected to the public mains supply or will have a private water supply from a borehole / spring or well. East Renfrewshire Council have a monitoring programme to test drinking water quality from private supplies and can suggest improvements, give advice on health risks and offer grants for certain work to these supplies. Scottish Water are responsible for the quality and supply of mains water and they should be the first point of contact if you are concerned about the quality or quantity of water coming through the mains to your property.

Lead Pipes

In Scotland, lead does not occur naturally in significant concentrations in our water supplies. The problem arises when drinking water comes into contact with lead supply pipes, lead tanks, lead solder joints or inferior quality brass fittings and taps, particularly for longer periods (e.g. overnight/ weekends / holidays periods). This can result in high lead levels in the drinking water supply and can affect both Private and Public water supplies.

If you suspect you may have lead pipes, the Councils encourages you to undertake further works with a view to establishing whether lead is present and to take steps to replace them; and as a short-term, implement some precautionary measures to protect your health.

Information on the health effects of exposure to lead can be found on the NHS Inform website:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/lead-poisoning


 

Grant assistance is not currently available for owners looking to replace internal lead pipe work within their property whether connected to the public mains or on their own private water supply.

Private Water Supply: Advice and Testing Charges

 

Private water supplies are generally drawn from a private well/ borehole or spring. In 2006, the Government introduced the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations. These regulations differentiate Private supplies into:

· Type "A" that may have an impact on public health through business use or volume of water extracted.

· Type "B" for domestic use only.

 Business user charges (type "A")

Type "A" supplies require to be checked at least annually - depending on the sampling and analysis, required costs may vary from £75.00 for a basic bacteriological examination to a maximum £435 for full monitoring and audit (current annual "check and audit" monitoring required to comply with the regulations will cost £175.00) 

Please contact the Environmental Health Department on 0141 577 8487 or by e-mail on environmentalhealth@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk to discuss your sampling requirements and associated costs.

The council can also carry out a risk assessment of the supply. The cost of this service is:

· Carrying out a risk assessment £50.

· Visit to premises for risk assessment £70.

· Review of risk assessment  £50.

Domestic use only (type "B")

Residents of a premises with a Type "B" supply can request a sample to be taken for bacteriological and basic chemical analysis in line with the 2006 Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations. The current charge for this service is £118.00. 

Should additional chemical parameters be required to be measured then the additional laboratory costs will be passed on (with a 10% administration charge). 

Type "B" domestic users can conduct their own risk assessment at no cost. If they request the council to carry out a risk assessment the following charges apply:

· Carrying out a risk assessment £50.

· Visit to premises for risk assessment £70.

The Scottish Government currently provide financial grants of up to £800 towards the cost of improving, protecting or upgrading Type B and Some Type A private water supplies. This grant is administered by the Council.

 

Please contact the Environmental Health Department on 0141 577 8487 or by e-mail on environmentalhealth@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk to discuss your public water supply, sampling requirements and associated costs or grant applications.


 

 


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