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Key Info

20,000 litres per day
Private water supply
Cheaper installation costs
Reduced water bills

Spring water catchment

FWT Ltd has over 20 years experience of installing and maintaining spring catchment systems. Springs are a natural source of underground water from the water table or aquifer and they have historically been used for water supplies. ‘Catching’ a spring is an age-old skill requiring a high degree of expertise and experience; water will always find the easiest point of escape from the ground and care has to be taken when ‘catching’ a spring not to divert the flow.

We capture the spring at the point it rises to the surface collecting the water in a specially prepared collection chamber. In line with the regulations the chamber has to be constructed to prevent contamination from surface run off and vermin. From the collection chamber the water then feeds into a storage tank that supplies the water to the point of use. The excess water is then run via a protected overflow out of the tank either to a drain or prepared watercourse.

You are able to abstract up to 20,000 litres (20m³) of water a day from a spring supply without an abstraction licence. FWT install, service and maintain spring supplies for a wide range of clients including, but not limited to, farmers, golf courses, food preparation and other commercial sites, private estates, domestic properties and public houses.

FWT have the expertise to install new systems and renovate and service existing systems in line with the private water regulations.

Spring supply related services offered by FWT

  • Spring catchment and catchment chambers
  • Yield testing
  • Existing catchment renovation
  • Trenching and pipe work
  • Supply and installation of potable water storage tanks
  • Cleaning and repair of existing storage tanks
  • Pumping systems
  • Filtration and water treatment equipment
  • Service and maintenance schedule
  • Advice following risk assessment

Spring supplies generally cost less than boreholes to install and maintain. The flow from a spring may vary in accordance with the water table and seasons, therefore it is important to have an idea of the yield of the spring throughout the year. Most existing spring systems either supply the property direct with no storage or, once caught, are stored in a tank, which then supplies the property under gravity or via a pump.

Spring system main component parts and options

Please see the PDFs of the system schematic and main component parts below that highlight the main parts of a spring fed system along with some of the options available when a new system is being installed.


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Main Component Parts Of a Spring System

Typical Spring Catchment Layout

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