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Private Sewers

The following video gives a general overview of the sewer transfer:

In autumn last year, water and sewage companies in the UK became responsible for private sewers, which were formerly the sole responsibility of property owners.

This meant the ownership and maintenance of private sewers was transferred, bringing peace of mind and clarity regarding ownership.

Not all private pipes were included though. There are certain cases where property owners remain responsible for the sections of pipe between the buildings and the transferred private sewer or lateral drain.

Due to the way the sewers and drains are connected, the way you’re affected by the transfer depends on the type of property you currently reside in.

You are still responsible for any domestic plumbing and for the section of pipe leading to the newly transferred sewer.

If you experience a problem with a sewer pipe or drain, simply carry out the following steps as it’s important that you try and identify where the problem is:

  •  If you have a shared sewer, try asking your neighbours if they are experiencing problems.
  • If they aren’t, it’s more than likely that the problem is on your section of pipe or waste plumbing, meaning you will need to resolve it yourself.
  • If your neighbours do have a problem, it may be in a shared section of pipe.

Some properties are connected to a private pumping station before they connect onto the main sewer network.

It’s likely you will know this already if this is the case.

Examples of these situations include small housing developments, remote farms or small business parks.

The Government plans to transfer the ownership of these pumping stations to water companies on by October 2016.

Until this time, the owner(s) of the pumping station will continue to be responsible for its maintenance and repair.

For FAQ’S and the source of the above information see Thames Water:

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