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Private water supply prosecution success

Private water supply prosecution success

In the first case of its kind in the country, a farm owner in Wiltshire has been fined £9,000 for providing unsafe drinking water to local residents.   Wiltshire Council successfully prosecuted Mr David Hobbs of Sutton Veny on Monday, 17 October 2016 at Salisbury Magistrates Court, for not complying with health regulations and failing to improve the condition of the water supply fed from a borehole on his land.   A risk assessment identified several defects with the supply. Water storage tanks had no vermin proof lids allowing open access to contaminate the supply, and bacteria including E Coli was detected indicating that there had been faecal contamination of the water supply.   Jerry Wickham, cabinet member for public health and public protection said: “We take incidents of this nature very seriously. Our priority is always to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and we address any risks which may compromise that. I’m pleased the appropriate action has been taken. This case highlights how important it is to keep private water supplies clean and the need to inspect the supply regularly.”   Officers from Wiltshire Council attended the farm at the end of October to check on the progress being made. Work to improve and protect the water supply have now been completed, the water supply will now be treated. They will continue to monitor the water supply so it is safe to drink.


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