Guidance for Members of the Public Served by an Exempted Water Supply.

Released: 30 September 2010

An Exempted Water Supply is defined as a supply of water which:

a)    Constitutes an individual supply of less than 10m cubic metres per day on average, or serves fewer than 50 persons and:
b)    Is not supplied as part of a public or commercial activity (examples are Restaurants or Bed & Breakfasts with their own private water supplies) or;
a)    Is used exclusively for the purposes in respect of which the relevant Supervisory Authority (in this case Kerry County Council) is satisfied that the quality of the water has no influence, either directly or indirectly, on the health of the consumers concerned.

b)    The two main types of water supply that fall into this category of exempted supplies are;
i)    private wells serving domestic dwellings and
ii)    small Group water Schemes (generally serving less than 50 persons).

Under Regulation 14 of the Drinking Water (No. 2) Regulations  2007 (S.I. No. 278 of 2007), Kerry County Council as the Supervisory Authority is obliged to:

1)    Notify the population served by an exempted supply of:

a)    The fact that these Drinking Water Regulations do not apply to such a supply and;
b)    Action that can be taken to protect human health form the adverse effects resulting from any contamination of water intended for human consumption, and

2)    Where it is apparent to Kerry County Council that a potential danger to human health arises from the quality of an exempted supply, it shall in accordance with guidelines issued by the Environmental protection Agency (EPA), ensure that consumers are given appropriate advice promptly.

3)    The EPA may issue guidelines for the purpose of the above which shall be binding.

An information leaflet entitled ‘Keeping Your Water Supply Safe’ is available from the Rural Water Office or on the Kerry County Council website under Water Services (Rural Water subsection).

For further information please contact:
Kerry County Council  - Rural Water  Programme Office 066-7183513.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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