Water Supply To Your New House
If you are building a new house, whether to live in yourself or for sale or long term rental, you obviously need your home to be connected to a water supply and to be provided with a safe and environmentally friendly waste disposal system.
To deal with the waste water issue first, it is vital, even before you apply for planning permission to have a test percolation hole drilled. This will establish the water drainage capabilities of the land beneath your house. Sites with high water tables or hard rock near the surface may not allow for safe water drainage and, in order to receive planning permission, you must satisfy your local authority that your waste water system conforms with their regulations.
Unless you are sure that you will receive a water connection from the local supply, you should refrain from building work until you receive written conformation from the local authority they will connect your new house
Water supply to new houses comes in three way: mains, group and well.
When applying to your local authority for a connection to a mains or group water supply, you need to supply them with a site location map, telling them where the connection is to located. If a public road has to be dug up in order to connect the mains water supply to your new house, then you will need to complete a road opening license form. The local planning authority will charge a fee for connection to a water supply.
You should also make sure that the plumbing in your new house is of a standard that will be approved by your local authority
If you have decided to drill a well for water supply to your new house, you should remember that stringent measures should be taken to avoid contamination. Leakage from house and farm waste disposal pits, fuel storage containers, fertiliser bags and drainage from livestock manure are all potential hazards that have to be taken into account when drilling a well.
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