When should pipes be chlorinated?
Water can be a notorious carrier of bacteria and South West Water are rigorous in their safeguarding of the mains water supply. Certain types of private water pipe have to be disinfected (chlorinated) before South West Water will allow connection to their main. Pipes must be chlorinated in the following instances:
- internal pipe diameter is greater than 50mm
- length of supply is over 50 metres
- where there has been suspected contamination (eg fouling by sewage, drainage, animals, oil leak)
- where a system has not been regularly used or flushed
- where the supply is being converted from a private supply eg borehole, well, natural spring
R&D Water Engineers can provide you with a free quotation to:
- chlorinate the new or existing water supply pipe
- take water samples to the standards required for laboratory testing
- arrange for testing with a registered laboratory and for the appropriate certification for South West Water’s new connections team
We are Water Regulations approved so we know the regulations and time frame for chlorination and testing. We will do our best to ensure that your water supply pipe is chlorinated and certificated in the timeframe specified by South West Water so that your new connection can go ahead without delay.
We can renew your pipe with barrier pipe if required. Barrier Pipe has a metal lining that protects the water that runs through the pipe from contaminants in the soil. This is used in ground that has become contaminated such as where there has been an oil leak, or on sites that were previously industrial, old service stations, garages etc.