Businesses, corporations, and landlords all over Scotland use our water storage tank maintenance services.
We are committed to providing our customers with an exceptional level of customer service. Over 90% of our first-time clients return to us for private water supply testing. They know that we only work with effective equipment, guarantee competitive prices, and focus on health and safety.
The term private water supply applies to tanks that are not fed from the mains water network that is supplied by Scottish Water. It mostly refers to industrial or commercial properties, but some domestic properties also use private water systems.
Around 3% of the Scottish population drink from a private water supply, which means that 163,500 people must test their water system every year.
At pHX Water, we take the hassle away from water maintenance. You can depend on us for all the cleaning, sampling, and reporting services you need to meet water maintenance regulations and provide safe drinking water.
We can protect your customers, clients, and employees from harmful bacteria.
Legionella is a naturally occurring form of bacteria found in water sources such as rivers, lochs, ponds, and reservoirs. When water is pumped into your hot water tank or cold storage tank, legionella has a new breeding ground. If not properly managed, the non-hazardous amounts of legionella can rapidly multiply and pose a threat to health.
Legionella enters the body through the respiratory system via droplets of water. Even a small amount of legionella causes a 10% mortality rate.
Water systems are an often overlooked yet essential part of any commercial or industrial building. Without a water tank, your building would not be able to serve its purpose. It is important to regularly check the levels of bacteria in your water tank.
WHAT IS PRIVATE WATER SUPPLY TESTING SCOTLAND?
People who own properties that feed on private water supplies must test their water. Testing, which is sometimes referred to as sampling, is an important part of maintaining a safe supply of water.
Our private water supply testing system ensures that the amount of bugs, chemicals, and metals in your water stays below a certain level. This means that your building will comply with Scottish water maintenance laws. It is important to note that a water supply sample can only provide a snapshot of the moment it was taken.
If you have a large, industrial, or commercial private water supply in Scotland you must have it tested once a year.
Here are some of the other services we cover:
We always ensure the installation of appropriate, cost-effective and reliable equipment to remove all contamination from your incoming water supply. Any water sampling requirements can be taken by us and sent to an independent UKAS accredited lab for analysis. We then study the results and recommend the best course of action.
With rules and regulations constantly changing, it is important to speak to the experts. Our team have been working on commercial, industrial, and residential hot and cold water tanks for years. People all over Scotland trust us to stay up-to-date on the latest news, certificates, and laws. When you choose pHX Water, you can rest assured you are in safe hands.
To book a legionella risk assessment, or to make general inquiries, call us on 01738 472149. If you need to speak to someone in an emergency outside of normal working hours, call 07503 343328.
Domestic properties using private water supplies in Scotland are classed as exempt and aren’t normally regulated by your local council. However, if you are selling your property you will be required to prove that the supply is safe to use before the property can switch to the new owner. This can cause delays and financial burden during the sale process and consideration should be given to ensure the system is sampled and any remedial work is completed before putting the house on the market.
If you operate a commercial property on a private water supply in Scotland, you will be regulated by your local council. This will include a private water supply risk assessment to assess what equipment you have installed and any recommendations for improvement. Your local council will also take annual water samples to test for various bacteria and chemical contaminants to ensure that your water quality is satisfactory for drinking purposes.
As a commercial property, you are also required to complete a Legionella risk assessment. Legionella is naturally found in water courses and can proliferate in your system, particularly with private water supplies in Scotland when the water is untreated. For this reason, it’s vital that the correct water treatment equipment is installed.
Visit the Scottish Government website to see if your property would qualify and to find out more about the rights and responsibilities involved in private water supplies in Scotland.
Water Filtration | Water Disinfection | pH Correction
The most common type of filtration is sediment filters. These come in various shapes and sizes and remove suspended solids from the water. It’s essential that sediment be removed down to 5-micron before water passes a UV steriliser as the sediment can block the UV light, allowing bacteria to pass through the UV sterilisation equipment and into your drinking water system. Although a 5-micron filter is suitable in most circumstances, sometimes the water can still be cloudy or hazy - this is known as turbidity.
Turbidity in the water will also negatively affect the UV steriliser as the UV light doesn’t penetrate the water fully allowing bacteria to enter your system. This requires an upgrade to the filtration. If you have a private water supply in Scotland, our team of certified engineers can help you select the safest, most efficient, and cost-effective filtration system for your needs.
The most common type of disinfection is UV light. It’s popular for private water supplies in Scotland as it’s simple to use with minimal maintenance and consumables. UV light has no by-products and uses no chemicals. UV sterilisers should be at “point of entry” providing disinfection for all the properties water, not just the kitchen tap. The downside of UV disinfection is that there is no residual disinfectant in the water, so it doesn’t fight any bacteria that is already within the system. Our team of qualified engineers will work with you to understand if the UV light disinfection is right for your private water supply.
Another type of disinfection is chemical dosing such as Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine), Hydrogen Peroxide or electrolysed water. At PHX, we generally use chemical dosing for larger-scale private water supplies where UV sterilisation may not adequately control the risk from bacteria. These systems operate proportionally meaning that the chemical dosing pump doses the correct amount of disinfectant relative to the incoming flow.
Whatever water supply you are using it’s essential that the pH is between 6.5 – 9.5. If the pH is too low it’s acidic. This low pH can damage copper pipe/fittings and release harmful metals into your water supply. pH correction systems work by water passing through media which dissolves in the water, neutralising the water. This media needs to be replenished periodically. You should use a risk assessment to identify any risks that mean your supply could be unsafe.
Visit the link here to see if your property would qualify and to find out more about the rights and responsibilities involved in private water supplies in Scotland.
PHX Water is a Scottish Water company, based in Perth. pHX Water provides services throughout Scotland, our Perth base is in the heart of Scotland giving us a central location to all of our major towns and cities, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
"Friendly, helpful advice. Very informative"
"Brilliant service today from Connor of PHX Water at The Anglers Inn. Full legionella risk assessment done with remedial actions. We’d highly recommend Connor and PHX Water"
"Great service. Assessment carried out efficiently and Connor gave us some good advice."
"We used PHX Water for a number of their services throughout multiple sites across our group, from Legionella risk assessments, tank cleaning and water sampling the service was excellent and we would highly recommend using pHX water. Thanks to the pHX Water team for all your help making this process so efficient and easy to understand."
"We used the pHX Water team to carry out a legionella risk assessment for our hospitality business. Their approach was very professional and incredibly quick to respond. They took care of all the laboratory testing and now performs routine checks to keep us within our legal requirements as business owners. We’ve been left with a file for all the documentation all properly organised so it really is a turn-Key service. I would have no hesitation in recommending pHX Water."
“I had PHX carry out a replacement water filtration system at a rural property outside Stirling that was serviced by a private supply. Very knowledgeable staff and prompt service. Would highly recommend them”