Standpipes are portable devices which can be used to obtain a temporary water supply from defined hydrant positions within our water supply network.
You can hire standpipes via our approved supplier:
All of our approved standpipes are fitted with an anti-pollution device to prevent back-flow and reduce the risk of contamination entering the public water supply.
Unauthorised access to our hydrants and the use of standpipes sourced from outside of our approved supplier can create a potential risk to water quality, which could result in public health issues and could damage our infrastructure. It can also interfere with our operations or fire service activities.
It’s a criminal act to use a standpipe which is not hired from us and take water without permission from a non approved hydrant, which could lead to prosecution.
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How can I contact you?
You'll find all of our contact information here, which includes our most frequently asked questions, arrange a free call back form and our telephone numbers.
Where is your Head Office?
We’re based in Exeter. Our address is: South West Water Limited, Peninsula House, Rydon Lane, Exeter, Devon EX2 7HR View Larger Map | Get Directions | View Bird's Eye
How hard is my water?
Most of our area is sourced from moorland rivers and reservoirs and is classed as soft or moderately soft. In East Devon the water comes from deep underground boreholes and this water is classed as slightly or moderately hard. You can read more about Water...
My water is discoloured, what do I do?
To clear discoloured water, run the cold tap that is fed directly from the mains (usually your cold kitchen tap) for up to an hour, checking it every 10 minutes to see if it has cleared. If you are a household customer on a water meter, we can credit your account with...
How do I arrange for my private or business water supply to be tested?
If you are a household customer and are concerned about your water supply, please contact our Services Helpline on 0344 346 2020. If you have a private water supply e.g a borehole or well, or you are a business, you can arrange to supply us with a sample so that we can...
What kind of laboratory tests and services do you carry out?
Our laboratory carries out a wide range of chemical and microbiological tests. We analyse environmental and recreational samples to support business’ meet their regulatory and public health requirements. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online...
When will I have the results of my sample?
After you’ve given us a sample, following quote and agreed analysis, we aim to provide you with an analytical sample report within 10 working days.
How should I deliver my sample to your laboratory?
You should bring your sample in a cool box or temperature controlled environment of 2-8 degree’s. We offer a courier driver to deliver samples between the designated collection points listed below across Devon and Cornwall to our Exeter Laboratory. Barnstaple...
What public health and environment services do you provide?
Our Laboratory analyses environmental and recreational samples to support businesses in meeting regulatory and public health requirements.
Do you carry out Legionella testing?
Yes, our laboratory is accredited for the analysis of Legionella in hot and cold water systems, swimming pools, spa pools and hot tubs. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online form.
What is the stability (preservation) time of a chemical or micro-organism within a sample?
The chemical and biological matter found in samples may degrade over time and therefore each chemical or micro-organism is allocated a time in which they should be analysed. This ensures that the result reported is representative of the sample when it was taken. Details...
Can you test our trade effluent?
Yes. Our laboratory offers an independent analytical service for trade effluents. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online form
What does a CON29DW drainage and water search contain?
The Conveyancing 29 Drainage and Water (Con29DW) is designed to identify any liability that you may incur as an owner and uncover problems that may impact on the property value and lead to expensive maintenance bills. The search contains: An analysis of the risk of...