Portable standpipe hire

Portable standpipe hire

To access a temporary water supply from our water distribution network, you will need a standpipe, a portable device.

This must be hired from us using our appointed agents, Aquam.

The cost of hiring a standpipe up to 25mm in diameter is as follows:

Rental charges

£120 plus VAT per month (or part of) for periods up to 6 months

£580 plus VAT prepaid for a 6 month period

£960 plus VAT prepaid for a 12 month period

An assessed consumption charge of £40 per month (or part of) IS INCLUDED in these rental charges.

Charge for loss or damage beyond economical repair £297.

Need to know

It is a criminal offence under section 174(3) of the Water Industry Act 1991 to use a standpipe other than one hired from us - you could be liable to a fine of up to £1,000 if convicted.

The standpipe you hire will be up to 25mm (1 inch) in diameter and will include a double check valve to protect the public water supply from contamination. It will have a serial number stamped on it and generally will not be metered.

Subject to complying with our conditions of use, a standpipe can be connected to one of the washout hydrants on our network. These are fitted with blue caps and can be unlocked with a removal key issued when you hire the standpipe.

It is against the law to attach a standpipe to a fire hydrant - these are for sole use of Wessex Water and fire brigade staff and are usually located beneath yellow covers marked FH. Fire hydrants belonging to the Fire Brigade are secured with red locking caps and warning stickers.

Connection of standpipes is subject to complete compliance with our instructions of use. Please note that once water has been taken from a standpipe and transferred into containers or through a temporary plumbing system, it cannot be guaranteed for human consumption.