Drinking water

​Almost all drinking water in the our area is provided by Yorkshire Water.  If you are worried about the colour, smell or quality of drinking water, or you are having a problem with your supply, you should contact Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water's performance is regulated by OFWAT and so if you have any issue which the Water Company has not been able to resolve, you should contact OFWAT.  

Private Water Supplies

Instead of getting drinking water from Yorkshire Water, it is possible for people and businesses to get their own supply of water from springs, wells and boreholes.  Anyone in the Wakefield district who has, or is thinking about, a private water supply for drinking water or for use in commercial food production, must contact us as we regulate private water supplies to make sure they are safe:

To make sure private water supplies are safe our officers will carry out a risk assessment and will take samples of the water for testing.  There is a charge for this service and the table below shows the current charging rates, which follow government guidance.

Water testing costs 



Risk Assessment

£52.91 per hour

plus 45p per mile


Sampling Visit


Granting an Authorisation

Analysing a sample -

- taken under Regulation 10

Laboratory cost per sample

- taken during check monitoring

Laboratory cost per sample

- taken during audit monitoring

Laboratory cost per sample

Further information on drinking water quality and the laws which apply can be found from the Drinking Water Inspectorate who oversee all types of drinking water, including those from water companies and private water supplies.

If you take water from a river, lake, spring or underground aquifer then you may also need permission from the Environment Agency.

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506