One of our specialist areas is assisting with ‘Public Sewer Connections’. There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding who is responsible for this connection, and what it is.

So, what is a public sewer connection?

The public sewer connection is the connection between your home drainage system and a public sewer. This ensures the waste or surface water is channelled away from your property safely, and effectively.

A property owners’ perspective

The drains and sewers that carry your household waste from your property to a public network are the responsibility of the homeowner, or landlord.  It works in exactly the same way as other utility supplies. The boundary of your property is where the household connection hits the public sewer, and then it becomes the sewerage company’s responsibility.

Your local water and sewerage companies have a duty to provide a public sewer. You do however need written approval before you can connect to a public sewer.

Why chose Drainage Consultants Ltd?

The team at Drainage Consultants Ltd have extensive knowledge and experience in public sewer connections.  From application to completion, you can rely on us to ensure that things run smoothly, right through to obtaining your ‘Certificate of Satisfactory Inspection’ from the Water Authority.  We can also advise you on the right connection for your property!  Don’t get lost in the maze. We can guide you through this, and remove the stress.

Why opt for a CCTV Drain Survey?

 A CCTV Drain Survey will allow us to investigate the problem you report, such as structural issues (fractures or collapse), and root ingress of blockages. It is a state of the art drainage technique, allowing us to diagnose issues without the need for invasive, and often costly manual investigation.

 Cost Effective?

Absolutely, CCTV drain surveys are invaluable.  Using our CCTV drain inspection technology, not only can we investigate the problems you report, we are also able to look at potential issues that may arise. The advanced CCTV technology means that images obtained are high resolution, allowing us to identify issues accurately, such as hairline fractures / corrosion, with no room for doubt!

Will there be any disruption?

Our remote CCTV cameras mean there is no disruption, or very little.  There is no need for our engineers to enter drains, or dig holes for inspections to public sewer connections. It really is as simple as sending in our remote cameras, that relay the images back to our mobile unit.

Will I get a full report?

Yes, we’ll provide a full written report for you outlining all our findings, together with photographic and video evidence.

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Connecting to the public sewer might sound like a task for a large-scale utilities provider and not something to concern the individual property owner.

However, public sewer connections are, in fact, the responsibility of the property’s owner, should the property require this to happen.

Who’s Responsible?

This is how it works. The sewerage company is responsible for the sewers, including having rights of access, including situations where sewer pipes run across private gardens or land.

This means if the sewerage company needs to carry out maintenance, inspection or repair work, it will do so, on your property if needs be.

But, the drains and sewers that carry household waste from a property connecting to the public network are the responsibility of the homeowner or landlord. As with other utilities, the boundary is the point where the household waste connects to the public sewer.

Recently built or newly developed properties may need connecting to the public sewer network and it is the private individual’s responsibility to arrange this.

How do Public Sewer Connections Happen?

Your connection must comply with Section 106 of the Water Industry Act. To do this you must make an official application. The most straightforward way of doing this is to look for a qualified contractor to carry out this work on your behalf.

This is where we come in. We’re vastly experienced in public sewer connections, and we can advise you on the right connection for your property – individual circumstances can differ, depending on your location and the layout of the local sewer network.

We can ensure your application is correct, before we go on to complete the work for you. Once we have done this, you will need a Certificate of Satisfactory Inspection from the Water Authority. Once they have inspected and assessed our work, they will issue this to you.

We act on your behalf, working to the highest professional standards. If your property requires a public sewer connection, contact us today.

New buildings require an official connection to the public sewer. This comes under section 106 of the 1991 Water Industry Act. The owner of a domestic property has the right to connect to the public sewerage system, but must first apply formally.

The reason for this is that the whole process of dealing with sewerage is complex, and unauthorised public sewer connections have the potential to do damage to the drainage network.

Property developers should therefore take account of this as part of any project they are undertaking.

Knowing the Drainage Layout

Anyone intending to build close to or over an existing public sewer must first notify the utilities provider responsible for the local sewerage network.

They must provide written agreement before work can commence.

This is because building over and existing sewer or drain can damage pipework. This damage may then cause leakages or blocked pipes, leading to disruption to the system, the nuisance of foul odours, and possible environmental damage.

If a developer builds over an existing sewer this can also cause problems when it comes to clearing any blockages or repair work of faulty or damaged drains, adding to the time and expense involved.

Submitting plans, means that, if necessary, there can be modifications made to the drainage network and movement of drains to accommodate the development.

Once this is clear, there is then the issue of a public sewer connection. Generally, the sewer or drain needs to be at least 0.8 metres below the ground level of the building.

The Process of Public Sewer Connections

First the developer or property owner must submit an application for a public sewer connection to the local utilities provider. This normally involves submitting a fee alongside the application, and charges may vary, depending on the nature of the connection.

If the building is covered by a planning application, the local authority must first approve this before the connection can take place.

Once approval is received, the developer must arrange for a contractor to do the work. The utilities provider will monitor the connection as it is undertaken.

There are two grounds on which the authority can refuse a public sewer connection application

These are: if a private drain or sewer is of a substandard condition; and if a connection would be likely to damage or hinder the existing public sewer.

Therefore, to avoid needless expense and a drawn-out process, it’s vital that developers have full knowledge of the public sewer network, and use a professional contractor to undertake the connection work.

Once the work is complete, the authority will inspect and approve it, and issue the relevant certification.

If you need a public sewer connection talk to Drainage Consultants. We’re hugely experienced in all aspects of drainage.

What goes down your drains as waste is not something you probably want to spend much, or any, time thinking about. But disposing of waste is a fact of modern life, and even though it seems distant from how we live, it is important how we manage it.
All new properties, and some refurbished or rebuilt ones, will require a public sewer connection.

An Integrated Approach
The UK water industry has an integrated approach to sewer system performance, which means being aware at all times of how individual elements interact with one another.
The relationship of a sewer system with its surrounding environment, and how the two interact, is vital, as is its relationship with the local wastewater treatment centre.

The sewer system must be serviceable and provide a cost-effective service, and work effectively with integrated urban drainage systems.
Risk management of sewer systems is complex because of the numerous interactions the system has with waste, and with receiving water bodies such as rivers.
Water and sewerage companies (WASCs) across the UK have the duty to provide and extend the system of public sewers, while cleaning and effectively maintaining them. They are also responsible for emptying sewers and treating the waste that comes out of them.
Sewer system performance is, therefore, complex, crucial and sensitive. This is why there is a set procedure for connecting to the public sewer.

Public Sewer Connections
You can only connect foul water from a property to a public sewer if you follow the application process. This means submitting a location plan and a site drainage plan, showing the point at which you want to connect.
This must accompany a completed application form, which will also include a fee. You will also need to include a planning decision notice, unless exempt.
Normally you would expect a qualified contractor to do this on your behalf, since the connection will require proof of the necessary training and of manhole locations, together with public liability insurance.
The good news is, that as specialists in public sewer connections, we can undertake this work for you.
We’ll deal with the application side, ensure you’re fully compliant, and complete the work on your behalf.

Public sewer connections are important, and controlled. Let us take care of the detail for you. Contact Drainage Consultants today, to arrange your connection.

The public sewer carries wastewater, which is foul or surface water, away from properties and into the main sewerage system, maintained by your local utilities company. If your property requires connecting to this network through the public sewer, you must arrange for this to happen. Public sewer connections are the responsibility of individual property owners.

The connection work, however, can be done on your behalf by professionals.

What Work Must You Do?

Specialist contractors carry out public sewer connections, ascertaining what kind of connection you will require. Your chosen contractor will carry out the work and methods can vary, depending on how your property sits in relation to the public sewer.

If the sewer runs beneath a road, or nearby land, you may require an extra section of pipe to make this connection – this is known as a lateral connection.

Contractors sometimes need to use a special Y-shaped junction called a saddle so that they can connect you to a curved section of sewer pipe.

To apply for a public sewer connection, you must first submit the details of your chosen contractor to the water authority, along with a location plan. You should expect your contractor to be able to help you do this, to make sure you have included the correct details.

You must then wait for an approval letter from the water authority before you can allow the work to commence.

What Happens Afterwards?

Before your chosen contractor completes the work, the water authority will inspect it, usually on the day of the connection.

Once approved, you will receive official paperwork confirming that the water authority has taken back control of the sewer after your public sewer connection.

This level of control and procedure is necessary to safeguard the integrity of the public sewer. All wastewater must be carried, treated and processed, and therefore any connection to the sewerage network must be made in such a way that it cannot damage it.

On the one hand, you have responsibility for your own connection; but on the other, the main public sewer is a much bigger responsibility, controlled by utilities companies and the water authority.

Drainage Consultants Ltd can make this whole process simple for you. We’re experienced contractors in public sewer connections. Contact us and we can sort it all out for you.

The public sewer carries wastewater, which is foul or surface water, away from properties and into the main sewerage system, maintained by your local utilities company. If your property requires connecting to this network through the public sewer, you must arrange for this to happen. Public sewer connections are the responsibility of individual property owners.

The connection work, however, can be done on your behalf by professionals

What Work Must You Do?

Specialist contractors carry out public sewer connections, ascertaining what kind of connection you will require. Your chosen contractor will carry out the work and methods can vary, depending on how your property sits in relation to the public sewer.

If the sewer runs beneath a road, or nearby land, you may require an extra section of pipe to make this connection – this is known as a lateral connection.

Contractors sometimes need to use a special Y-shaped junction called a saddle so that they can connect you to a curved section of sewer pipe.

To apply for a public sewer connection, you must first submit the details of your chosen contractor to the water authority, along with a location plan. You should expect your contractor to be able to help you do this, to make sure you have included the correct details.

You must then wait for an approval letter from the water authority before you can allow the work to commence.

 

What Happens Afterwards?

Before your chosen contractor completes the work, the water authority will inspect it, usually on the day of the connection.

Once approved, you will receive official paperwork confirming that the water authority has taken back control of the sewer after your public sewer connection.

This level of control and procedure is necessary to safeguard the integrity of the public sewer. All wastewater must be carried, treated and processed, and therefore any connection to the sewerage network must be made in such a way that it cannot damage it.

On the one hand, you have responsibility for your own connection; but on the other, the main public sewer is a much bigger responsibility, controlled by utilities companies and the water authority.

Drainage Consultants Ltd can make this whole process simple for you. We’re experienced contractors in public sewer connections. Contact us and we can sort it all out for you.

Most of us are fortunate not to have to rely on a latrine pit to dispose of our waste. It has, however, taken many years for the UK to have a safe, reliable sewerage system, and even know many drains still date from the Victorian era.

As recently as the late 19th century, sewerage systems in the UK could still harbour water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

Now we have modern sewerage treatment centres and we happily rely on a nationwide drainage network. However, connecting a property to the public sewerage system requires permission, to be able to maintain its security and integrity.

Getting Approval

You must obtain official permission from your local water company to connect to the public sewer. This is because the water company must assess whether the public sewer has the capacity. Also, it is to ensure that any private connection to the public sewer system is safe and won’t damage or contaminate it.

Once you have this written approval you can proceed with the work. But whoever you get to carry out this work must also apply for permission to carry out the connection work. This ensures that they are sufficiently qualified for the task.

Remember, you cannot have this work carried out until you receive official permission to do so.

How to Get the Job Done

It’s important that you get the right people for the job, because a public sewer connection needs to be officially signed off after the work is completed.

The work can vary depending on your location. In some situations, it will require specially shaped fittings, or an adoptable, lateral connection, if the public sewer runs underneath a road or land next to your property.

If this all sounds complicated, there’s no need for you to worry – our expert team is very experienced in public sewer connections. We’ll carry out the work quickly and efficiently and ensure that it meets the stringent standards of the water company.

Don’t waste time with your waste, contact Drainage Consultants today to get properly connected.

If you run a business you need to have the assurance that all your facilities are working, particularly when it comes to the toilets. Businesses in the hospitality sector are particularly vulnerable if their toilets aren’t in use. It makes the customers unhappy, and it can mean having to close down until the problem is fixed.

 

Whose Pump Is It Anyway?

There is legislation imminently coming into effect that will transfer all pump stations to ownership of the main utilities companies. However, up to this time, there are still properties served by private pump stations, which makes the properties responsible for the pipe network.

In a recent case, we were called out to a pub where the toilets couldn’t be used by the customers because they were backed up. Not pleasant

Obviously this needed fixing urgently, so we set about diagnosing the problem. Public sewer connections can be a bit tricky, and when the drains block, the consequences are all to evident – you can smell the results!

We discovered that the pumps in the pump station serving the pub had overheated, tripping both switches.

This had resulted in the sewer pipe no longer taking the waste away from the pub toilets.

The first thing we needed to do was to reset the pumps. Once we did this and they started to work again, the levels of waste began to drop. After about one hour and 30 minutes, the backup had gone.

We could then check that the pipework was clear, including around the manholes. Once we were sure of this, we could leave the pump station to carry on in auto mode.

In the end the problem didn’t take too long to sort out, but the relative straightforwardness of the solution didn’t subtract from the seriousness of the situation with the pub toilets.

 

Interestingly, the client who called us out had a meeting booked with United Utilities the next day, which was another reason for the urgency of the task.

 

Drainage Consultants Ltd specialises in public sewer connections, along with a whole range of essential drain maintenance and repair services. Whether you’re a business, a homeowner or a landlord, call us for a quick, cost effective solution to your drainage problems.

Your property may not be connected to the public sewer network, if it’s a recent development. You might think of public sewers as utilities on a grand scale, which don’t have anything to do with you. However, it is your responsibility, when it comes to public sewer connections, to arrange to have your property connected.

 

Who is Responsible for What?

 

Sewerage companies are responsible for the public sewers. They have certain rights of access, covering private gardens where sewer pipes cross. This means if the sewerage company needs to do work on the public sewer where it falls on your land, they would normally take care of this.

 

But the drains and private sewers carrying household waste are the responsibility of the householder or landlord whose property it is. It is the private individual’s responsibility to arrange the connection of the local network to the public sewer. Where the household waste connects with the public sewer marks the boundary, and indicates where the individual’s responsibility begins.

 

How Do You Apply for a Public Sewer Connection?

 

To connect your property to the public sewerage network, you have to apply for a connection in order to comply with Section 106 of the Water Industry Act. The reason for this is to safeguard the integrity of the public sewerage system by ensuring there are no unauthorised connections to it, releasing anything into it, which might disrupt or damage it.

 

The most straightforward way of doing this to find a qualified contractor who will do the work for you. In this way, you retain control over the work in terms of when it happens. Make sure you have all the work planned in advance, with proper plans submitted by your contractor on your behalf to your utilities provider.

 

We have the specialist professional experience to carry out this work for you quickly, efficiently and with the minimum of fuss. We’ll complete the necessary certification and make arrangements for the Water Authority to inspect our work. It’s your responsibility, but we can make it trouble-free for you.

 

Contact Drainage Consultants today to find out how we can help with public sewer connections.

If your drains are in a poor condition this can cause you serious problems, even if, at present, you’re not experiencing any actual inconvenience. Damaged or degraded drains are a disaster waiting to happen. A most effective means of discovering what’s going in in your drains, and what you need to do about it, is a CCTV drain survey.

 

Don’t Put Health and Wealth at Risk

If you’re a landlord or a business owner, poor drainage is a liability. There are health and safety issues where drains are concerned, and duty of care you have a duty of care to your tenants, or your employees. Also, if you have a business you can end up facing unscheduled downtime from drainage issues, particularly if your property floods as a result.

Furthermore, if you run a shop, or a business where customers or clients visit you on-site, persistent foul-smelling drains aren’t going to do much for your professional reputation.

In short, drainage problems are costly for a whole variety of reasons, some beyond the actual cost of fixing the problem.

 

How a CCTV Drain Survey Can Save the Day

A CCTV drain survey is a way of detecting any weaknesses or problem areas in your drains. It also indicates how best to remedy them. These surveys are cost effective, and they allow us to precisely assess what sort of condition your drains are in.

You may find the symptoms of a blocked or damaged drain are at first little more than an inconvenience, but these symptoms, if left undiagnosed, will more than likely grow into to something much more serious. The CCTV drain survey will reveal any weaknesses or problem areas that are likely to become seriously troublesome if left untreated.

 

Don’t be put off by the thought of investing in an investigation: the amount you spend now on a CCTV drain survey is likely to save you money in the future, and help you avoid the inconvenience and anxiety of your drain problems escalating into a full-blown crisis.