Adoption diversions and closures
You can make an agreement with us to adopt a sewer prior to its construction. You will need to apply for a Section 104 Sewer Adoption Agreement. On adoption the sewer will become part of our sewerage network and maintained at our expense. We follow the nationally approved document 'Sewers for Adoption 6th Edition', published by WRC on behalf of Water UK.
You can ask Northumbrian Water to adopt existing sewers you currently own. On adoption the sewer(s) will become part of our sewerage network and maintained at our expense. To start the process please complete the application form and return it to us.
If the location of a public sewer prevents land development or property extension, it may be possible to divert the sewer(s) via a Section 185 Sewer Diversion Agreement.
In some circumstances it may be possible to close a public sewer so that it can be abandoned, which may remove a potential restriction from any future development of the site and may make any site remediation works easier. Before we consider applying to close part of the public sewer network, we need to be absolutely certain that the length being considered is no longer in use and has become redundant.
These guidance notes and forms are only to be used in conjunction with S104, S185 or S98 applications. They enable us to ensure appropriate use, design and construction of new products in the construction of adoptable sewerage assets.
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