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.
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 transferred ownership in October 2016. Private sewage works and the sewers and lateral drains upstream of these sewage works have not changed 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
From October 2016, we are responsible for some private pumping stations. As a result, we need your help to find out where the private pumping stations are.
If you can help us, please download and complete the form below and send it to us via the online form ′Send us your document′. Please include a grid reference or address, and location description as well as any other additional information about:
- who currently maintains it
- how many properties it serves
- 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.
Dowload the private pumping stations form