Once upon a time a private water supply in the garden was considered to be a valuable asset, especially given the vast sums charged by the various water boards for poor quality, over-chlorinated, oestrogen saturated tap water. Now it seems that having your own water from a spring, well or bore hole on your land may just turn out to be a mixed blessing. Not because of the water – oh no; but because of yet more interference from the powers that be!

New legislation brought in earlier this year now means that anyone who owns their own water that is intended for human consumption will be subject to stringent testing by the local authorities. Here’s the best bit though, the so called risk assessment will be at the expense of the owner/occupier. So even if you have been drinking your own water for decades with no perceivable ill effects it could cost you up to £500 to have it monitored.

Then, of course, there is always the chance that your precious clear water supply is deemed to be a health risk. Whatever next? This is just another example of the loss of freedom that is slowly being eroded away by pointless laws and controlling ‘public servants’ who frankly don’t serve; just curtail people’s liberty. How sad that the well that great granddad drank from all of his ninety-five long years could suddenly be condemned as ‘unclean’.

[wdndadsense]left:300:250[/wdndadsense]Currently most authorities are sending out questionnaires to owners in order to find out which of the following groups the supply comes under. These are namely single private dwelling, small domestic supplies (fewer than fifty people), large domestic supplies (over fifty people) and private distribution where a private water supply feeds a number of dwellings or possibly a very tiny hamlet.

Large farms, estates, bed and breakfasts, and holiday lets will probably come under large domestic supplies and if following monitoring the water is found to be unsafe or non-compliant further investigations will follow, no doubt resulting in costly action which may even ruin a rural business that is just teetering on the edge of survival.

So what does the future hold for those previously envied country dwellers who have their own private water supply? Well in short while they are highly unlikely to die, or even become ill, from the effects of drinking natural God given water, it is not unlikely that they will die of thirst since they are not allowed to drink their only water supply, or they may even drown in their own tears of pure frustration.

For more information go to www.privatewatersupplies.gov.uk