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    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2017
    Googled this to death, but very little UK information on what is a good setup for spring on hill piped to house set up. Anyone experienced in this that can discuss their system?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2017
    I have a friend who has such a system, it fed half a dozen houses in a daisy chain Victorian system, water was high in iron but ok to drink. He kept it in settlement tanks and used for everything except for drinking. Now he has a borehole and drinks that and it does not have high iron.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2017 edited
    I know someone who used to have such a system - consisting of a rusty pipe dug into the hill delivering very rusty water, filtered through an old pair of tights. No risk of iron deficiency, but probably better not to follow that plan.

    There are a number of commercial companies out there who can harness a spring for you - http://www.privatewatersupplies.org.uk/ http://www.filterclean.co.uk/ and others, some of which include details of typical systems that could help if you want to do it yourself.

    Also, although supplies for single homes are exempt from at least some of the regulations, the Drinking Water Inspectorate site might have some useful content - http://www.dwi.gov.uk/private-water-supply/regs-guidance/index.html
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2017 edited
    We have a spring supply. There is a collection tank at the spring with a course filter to avoid wildlife going into the pipe. It's piped over 1km to a couple of dwellings. The neighbours just have a gravity fed system but little presure due to lack of head. Ours goes through a filter and lime cylinder (which counteracts our naturally acid water). It then sits in a 200l tank and is pumped with a presure set. Got most of our kit from here http://www.stenlakes.co.uk/
    Our house originally (150 years ago) had spring supply. The current set up is that a well has been drilled to intersect the spring further uphill. The water is piped underground into a settling/storage tank (concrete rings), then downhill to the house entirely by gravity, about 10m head.

    When we bought the house, the council tested and condemned the water, then provided a grant to part fund installation of a cabinet containing a 1um sediment filter, a UV steriliser and a limestone pH correction filter. We have ongoing cost for power and to replace the bulbs and filters, surprising expensive.

    The council water testing officer was able to recommend local companies that are specialist in these water systems. Also they advertise to farmers and at agri shows, livestock sales etc.

    The rules are different here in Scotland but I think the council were trying to force new Planning application grants to be on public mains water, and there are restrictions/tests if we used the spring water commercially eg for B&B.

    Our water tastes fantastic, I can't drink chlorine public water anymore !
    JS Harris on Buildhub had many complications with water treatment, he put a lot of info on his blog mayfly.EU.
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