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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:

Bazalgette

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Sir Joseph William Bazalgette, born 1819 in Enfield, is perhaps most known and recognised for the construction of London’s sewer network, in the 19th century, in response to the Great Stink of 1858 and the persistent outbreaks of cholera across the city.

The Thames, at the time, was actually a major health hazard to the population of London; an open sewer. The idea was to create a series of underground tunnels which would intercept and divert outflows along with the raw sewage that, at that point, flowed freely through the streets of London towards the Thames.

A number of pumping stations and sewage treatment works, across the capital, would also be built to channel, receive and then treat this waste. The whole network was first opened in 1865, although the project was not actually finished until almost a decade later.

Bazalgette’s vision allowed, to an extent, for the major unforeseen population increase, taking into consideration the amount of waste produced by households, giving each Londoner an allowance, determining the size of pipe needed, then doubling it.

He has famously been quoted as saying ‘we’re only going to do this once and there’s always the unforeseen’.

Known for his determination and attention to detail Bazalgette made sure he personally checked every connection to the sewage system, which is perhaps why he suffered bad health and illness soon after.

His famous engineering work can be seen throughout London today, as he didn’t spend his whole career underground:

  • Albert Embankment
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Chelsea Embankment
  • Maidstone Bridge
  • Albert Bridge
  • Putney Bridge
  • Hammersmith Bridge
  • The Woolwich Free Ferry
  • Battersea Bridge
  • Charing Cross Road
  • Garrick Street
  • Northumberland Avenue
  • Shaftesbury Avenue

For more information about Bazalgette watch this dedicated episode from a recent BBC docudrama series…

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