It has been revealed that the Government are to transfer ownership of many private sewers and lateral drains to water and sewerage companies from the 1st of October this year. This makes the responsibility for drainage maintenance more straightforward and is designed to ensure the sewerage system is managed more effectively.
As well as better control over the environment, this move will mean that network problems can be sorted quickly and effectively by the appointed drainage contractor.
The changes will however affect the responsibility of domestic property owners for the sewers around their home. As the repair and maintenance of some private sewers and lateral drains beyond your boundary may have been your responsibility in the past, this may now come under the remit of the water company.
If you are unsure about who to call in the event of an emergency, you can always speak to a drainage specialist to clarify things for you. A drain inspection can always determine the location of a blockage and where this actually is.
The work of drainage contractors in carrying out effective maintenance and repair work will continue throughout these proposed changes, so you can rest assured that if you do find the problematic drains are on your land, the issue will still be dealt with as soon as possible.