Protecting Private Wells

Private wells are not regulated under the European Communities (Drinking Water) Regulations 2014.

A private well is a well that is privately owned and provides water to a single house and does not provide water to the public through a commercial or social activity.

Irish Water has no role to play in abstractions relating to private water supplies.  Water charges do not apply to private well owners so long as they are not also connected to a public water supply.

This means that you are responsible for the quality of your well water; however, your local authority is responsible for providing advice and guidance in relation to the protection of your supply. 

It is important that everyone is aware of the risks posed to water coming from private wells.  Just because the water comes from underground does not mean it is ok to drink at all times.

Further information on protecting your private well is available from the Environment Protections Agency.