NORTHUMBERLAND County Council is applying new regulations to ensure the safety of private drinking water supplies.
There are more than 1,000 of these in the county, serving over 2,000 properties and some major commercial premises.
While most of these are very basic spring supplies, some are from boreholes, which generally provide a better quality and more consistent supply.
Public protection officers will be sampling and carrying out risk assessment surveys to determine if they pose a risk to health.
The regulations include new powers to require supplies to be improved if they do not meet the required quality. The cost of risk assessment, sampling and analysis carried out by the authority will be recharged.
For more information, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=1616