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Water quality

Public water supplies

Anglian Water is responsible for providing drinking water that is safe to drink and complies with water quality standards in Bedford Borough.

Contact Anglian Water if you have concerns about your drinking water quality and ask for your water to be tested. 

The Drinking Water Inspectorate is responsible for assessing drinking water quality and, when necessary, taking enforcement action should the water be found unfit for human consumption. 

The Drinking Water Quality Standards produced by Anglia Water gives a useful list of the allowable levels of various chemicals and other parameters in drinking water. 

Private water supplies 

We are responsible for regulating water quality from private water supplies such as boreholes, springs and wells. 

We monitor private water supplies by taking and analysing samples. The full cost of any laboratory testing will be charged to the private water supplier.

Further information about our role in regulating private water supplies is available from the Drinking Water Inspectorate site. 

If you have any any private water supply issues, you can report it here.

Report a private water supply issue 

Rivers and open water 

Pollution that affects public open waters such as rivers and ponds is dealt with by the Environment Agency.

You can report blue green algae and other naturally-occurring problems here.

Report blue green algae 

Other water quality issues

If you have any concerns about lead in your water supply, or other water quality issues, you can report it here.

Report water lead exceedance