Sometimes builders, plumbers or householders wrongly connect pipes, which carry waste water from toilets, baths, showers, sinks, washing machines or dishwashers, to the surface water system instead of the foul sewerage system. This can happen when a property is extended or renovated, when a new house is built or when additional toilets, sinks and appliances are added to a property and can result in pollution to rivers and streams.
If pipes which collect rainwater from roofs, roads and drives are wrongly connected to the foul sewerage system, water can overwhelm the sewer network and can contribute to flooding – this can also result in pollution.
Please help to protect water quality in our rivers, streams and bathing waters by making sure you have made the right connections.
For further information please visit our Misconnections page and www.connectright.org.uk.
If you are unsure about what to do please use the services of an approved plumbing contractor via the ‘Watersafe’ scheme or contact us for advice.’