Private Water Supply: Guidance

Last updated:
29 February 2016
Guidance for enforcement officers to assist food business operations determine the use of appropriate water supplies in primary production operations on-farm.

Applies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

This information is for:

  • enforcement officers

Legal status:

This guidance has been produced to explain the legal requirements.

The guidance explains the legal requirements regarding the safe use of water during certain primary production activities as set out in Regulation (EC) No 852/2004.

Produced by the Food Standards Agency, with Food Standards Scotland.


Annex I, Part A, 4(d) and 5(c) of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 requires that food business operators rearing, harvesting or hunting animals or producing primary products of animal origin, and producing or harvesting plant products, respectively, are to take adequate measures to use potable, or clean water, whenever necessary to prevent contamination.

The scope of this guidance is restricted to the use of clean water in primary production activities that are within the remit of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004.

The guidance has been produced in consultation with the drinking water regulators. Namely, the Drinking Water Inspectorate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Drinking Water Quality Regulator in Scotland.