A 2018 study of Scottish private water supplies showed that 11% of these private water sources contained E. coli. Since these supplies are owned by individuals rather than Scottish Water, they are not regularly treated. However, there are ways to improve water quality in these private supplies. The Scottish government has created a “private water supply hub” which gives private water supply owners information about treatment options. The government is also offering grants to be used for the improvement of private water supplies.

Key Takeaways:

  • A 2018 test found 11% of Scotland’s private water supplies contained E. coli
  • Several water treatment options are available to rid private water supplies of microorganisms
  • The Scottish government offers grants dedicated to improving the quality of private water supplies

“Compliance figures have not changed significantly for the past three years, suggesting that limited improvements are been made, in spite of efforts by local authorities and the existence of a Scottish Government grant.”

Read more: https://www.gov.scot/news/drinking-water/


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