Sewerage

Private drains and sewers

Private drains and sewers

The government transferred ownership of private sewers and lateral drains from private individuals to water and sewerage companies on 1 October 2011. The transfer included all lateral drains and private sewers that were connected to the current public sewerage system on 1 July 2011.

In the Northumbrian Water area, the change saw us take responsibility for approximately 13,500 kilometres of additional sewer pipes, on top of the 16,000 kilometres of public sewers we already look after.

We believe the transfer is good news for our customers. It provides greater clarity on ownership and responsibilities, and leads to less disputes for our customers. The cost of maintenance and repairs will be distributed more fairly.

So what does this mean for customers? The diagrams below show the previous and new responsibilities.

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A new national building standard is being agreed so that when new sewers are constructed (e.g. by developers) they meet satisfactory standards before transferring to the sewerage company that serves the area.

Private sewage pumping stations will transfer ownership in October 2016. Private sewage works and the sewers and lateral drains upstream of these sewage works will not change ownership.

Within our Media centre we have a number of short videos which give an overview of the transfer and how it may have affected you. You can also view videos which illustrate how diffferent property types are affected.

Private pumping stations

In preparation for the pumping station transfer in October 2016, we need to know where private pumping stations are. Please download and complete the form below and then email the completed form to us via the online form ′Send us your document′. We are interested in where the station is so please include a grid reference or address and description as well as any other additional information about who currently maintains it, how many properties it serves and how old it is.

Private pumping stations - how to find out if you have one on your property

How to find out if you have a private wastewater pumping station on your property.

What they look like

Bespoke brick built kiosk for pump controls. Typical green kiosk - might have an orange beacon on the top or side. Control panel on the wall in the garage or other out-building.

How they work
Wastewater is flushed away to the pumping equipment beneath a manhole cover on the ground. Powered by equipment in a cabinet or cupboard, the pump sends the wastewater upwards to the main sewer.

Think there might be a private pumping station on your property?
Complete the online form or call us on 0345 266 0585 and ask for the private pumping stations team.

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The government transferred ownership of private sewers and lateral drains from private individuals to water and sewerage companies on 1 October 2011. Find out more

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