Drinking water quality in Scotland 2017 – private water supplies report

02 October 2018

Article: 52/3907

Scotland’s Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) has published a report on the quality of water found in privately-owned water supplies. The report finds that many of these supplies comply with drinking water standards but a significant number need to make further improvements.

Around 3.6 per cent of the Scottish population receive their water from a private water supply rather than from Scottish Water. Some of these supplies serve hotels, tourist accommodation and other businesses. Where water from these supplies does not meet the standards, there may be a risk to the health of those drinking from them.

In 2017, a total of 46,470 tests were taken from regulated private water supplies – those serving more than 50 people or a commercial activity. Of these, 95% met the required standard. Of the samples taken from regulated supplies, E. coli was found in 11% of samples, indicating that they are not receiving the treatment necessary to make the water safe.

The report from the DWQR is available on their website

Source: Scottish Government, 27 September 2018