Find out about water quality and sampling of drinking water.
Sea water is tested by the Environment Agency. For more information and to view sea water sampling results for Eastbourne, go to our Bathing Water Quality page.
South East Water are responsible for the supply and quality of Eastbourne's drinking water.
South East Water sample the water regularly and results are reported to the Drinking Water Inspectorate.
The council also takes samples independently from time to time.
Environmental Health can deal with any complaints about the quality of drinking water in someone's home and liaise with South East Water as necessary.
Download Advice Leaflets
You can download useful leaflets about drinking water quality from South East Water and the Drinking Water Inspectorate.
Leaflets cover tap water quality, smell and taste, discolouration, hardness and scale and lead in water.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is responsible for all aspects of water policy in England, including water supply and resources, and the regulatory systems for the water environment and the water industry.