The exceptionally wet winter of 2013/14 resulted in larger than usual quantities of organic matter washing into aquifers, leading to failed tests during the summer. In many cases, subsequent inspection by the local authority has resulted in expensive modifications to meet the new standards.
The rural team at Carter Jonas has been working with borehole owners to conduct independent appraisals of the suitability of existing installations and to offer assistance with upgrading networks to ensure compliance with the regulations without the cost and time pressure of a full refit that can result from a Local Authority Section 18 notice.
The Met Office has recently predicted a “wetter than average” winter coming our way and the last thing that borehole owners and their tenants or customers need is a lengthy interruption to water supplies whilst investigations and upgrades are carried out.
Our advice is to get a network and infrastructure check now under your own steam. The process can be lengthy but is preferable to failing a test. The ramifications of having a Section 18 notice served on you can be difficult.