Adoption of Private Sewers and Lateral Drains by Water Authorities
Government has approved legislation which from the 1st October 2011 transfers ownership of all privately owned shared drains to the water authorities (that is Severn Trent Water Ltd in this area) which from then on will become "public sewers".
The Private Sewers and Lateral Drains legislation does not amend the drainage legislation within the Building Regulations and as yet Local authorities have received no guidance from the Government on how this will impact on the requirements of the Building Regulations.
Water companies should already have contacted all bill payers in their areas to explain the proposals. For further information on the transfer of your drains to the water authority and any impact this may have on proposals to extend your property, please contact either:
Severn Trent Water Limited
Telephone: 0845 601 6616
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Telephone: 0845 933 5577
DEFRA's - sewers
If you are intending to carry out any of the following work on a property you are advised to seek advice from the relevant Water Authority:
- Build an extension over or within 3m of a public sewer
- Construct a new building over or within 3m of a public sewer
- Make a new direct or indirect drainage connection to a public sewer