In some instances, if you are planning to build a house that requires a private water supply, it’s likely that your local planning department will require you to submit a report prepared by an independent, suitably qualified consultant to provide an assessment of the proposed water supply arrangements. The report should assess the feasibility of the proposed water supply arrangements, including an overview of the proposed water source(s), an assessment of the risks to the quality and quantity of the water supply, and recommendations for mitigation measures. The report should also provide an estimation of the capital and recurrent costs associated with the proposed water supply arrangements. Once the report has been submitted, the planning department will use it to assess whether the proposed water supply arrangements are adequate for the needs of the development and whether there are any risks that need to be mitigated.
Water Abstraction Licence
As per Natural Resource Wales you will need an abstraction licence if you take water from an inland water or from groundwater of 20m3/day or more, unless it is exempt from licensing.
Inland waters can include:
- a river or stream
- a reservoir, lake or pond
- a canal
- a spring
- a dock, channel, creek, bay, estuary or arm of the sea
You must apply for a licence if you need one. If you take water without a licence, when one is needed, you are committing an offence and enforcement action may be taken against you.
If you are not sure if you need a licence or which type you need, Chemsol Group can help with pre-application advice.
Property Sale - Water Supply Assessment
If you are buying or selling a house with a private water supply, it is important to ensure that the arrangements are adequate. This is especially the case if you are taking out a mortgage, as the mortgage company will need to be satisfied that the water supply is sufficient.
There are a number of things to consider when assessing the adequacy of a private water supply, including the source of the water (e.g. spring, river, borehole), the capacity of the storage tanks, and the treatment systems in place. Our qualified engineers are able to carry out an assessment of the water supply and provide a report on its adequacy.
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