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Water quality

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. 

Rivers and open water 

Pollution that affects public open waters such as rivers and ponds is dealt with by the Environment Agency. The most common problem is algae reported in lakes and ponds.

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. 

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

Report a water issue

Tell us about a problem with water quality by contacting us on ehadmin@bedford.gov.uk or 01234 718099.