EPA Drinking Water Advice Note No 12 Exempted Drinking Water Supplies

Private Water Supplies

Public Note issued in accordance with EPA Drinking Water Advice Note No 12 Exempted Drinking Water Supplies
Kilkenny County Council routinely monitors the following water supplies for both bacteriological and chemical standards as laid down by the European Communities (Drinking Water) (No2) Regulations 2007 (Statutory Instrument 278/2007):

  • All public supplies
  • All private supplies supplying more than 10m3 per day (2220 gallons) and/or supplying more than 50 people
  • Private supplies supplying less than the above if there is a commercial or public activity associated with the supply

Kilkenny County Council does not monitor other supplies (known as 'exempted' supplies as they are exempt from the regulations quoted above)
Persons on these exempted supplies (which are predominantly wells supplying private houses) should ensure that these sources are properly constructed and maintained so as to minimise any threat of pollution and consequent threat to health.

In order to minimise the possibility of contamination, Kilkenny County Council strongly recommends that consumers served by private supplies should

i. Find out about their supply,
ii. Keep the supply safe,
iii. Get the supply tested,
iv. Consider treating the supply,
v. Have the pipe work checked.

Further information may be obtained from the following sources:

Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI) Guidelines for Drilling Wells for Private Water Supplies

National Federation of Group Water Schemes

Related Links:

Keeping Your Private Water Supply Free From Contamination Leaflet

Emergency Outside Office Hours

If you require the service of the Local Authority for an emergency outside of normal business hours please note the following:

Persons requiring the Fire Service for an emergency should Dial 112 and no other number

For all water related queries 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)

For any other emergency the public are advised to ring 1890 252654

Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny R95 A39T
Tel: +353 (0) 56 7794000 | Fax: +353 (0) 56 7794004
info@kilkennycoco.ie | Emergency outside office hours: 1890 252 654
Water Queries: 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)
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