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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Why is my water white or cloudy?
It’s caused by air becoming trapped in the pipes, usually when repair work has been carried out. This is known as aerated water and it’s safe to continue drinking. A glass of aerated water will clear from the bottom upwards in about 30 seconds. Aerated water will...
How do I change or remove a name on my bill?
We can call you back to discuss changes because; You’ve got married You've legally changed your name You are adding or removing a person to your bill account You are advising us of a correction to a billing address. Please complete the details in our Arrange a free...
What do I do if I have a leak on my shared supply pipe?
If the leak is occurring on a section of pipe that one person only is responsible for, they will need to arrange for its repair. You can report a leak using our online form or call our leak reporting line on 0800 230 0561. There's information here about leaks on shared...
What will the charges be at a house that I’m moving to?
Your Estate or Property Agent should be able to provide you with more details. If the property has a water meter, you'll be charged for the amount of water you use in cubic metres. If not, the charge is based and calculated on the Rateable Value of the property. If...
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...