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:
The description of the job was pretty mundane. Can you send along a combination unit to empty out some drains which would in turn allow the contractor to handover their works to their client, a local hospital. Straight forward enough you would say. Anyway, circumstances conspired to result in Megatron attending the job, and as it turned out, that was definitely a good thing…
Megatron instantly began to recover vast amounts of rubble and other unknown tenacious items from depths of over 50m’s. The rattle of debris shooting up the suction boom and into the main hold continued, with Megatron pumping back/recycling waste water.
Stopping temporarily we identified what was still lying in the sewer, examined the filters in Megatron and carried out an inspection to make sure the sheer volume of coarse material hadn’t taken a toll on Megatron.
Megatron continued to show its capabilities and finished the job with no issues or problems whatsoever. Site management were horrified identifying the extent of the material found, which was there before they had started work.