Defra proposes to hand this responsibility over to the water companies.
'We have already committed to putting an end to this discrepancy. The proposals published today consider how this should happen. There are significant environmental gains to be made, as well as offering peace of mind to householders they serve, often without their knowledge. When they need repair the costs can be significant,' he said.
The Consumer Council for Water (CCW) urged the government to be cautious.
Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of CCW said, 'Although the change of ownership will benefit many households, consumers are entitled to know exactly how much this will cost on their annual sewerage bill, as inevitably the cost of the transfer will be passed onto the consumer,' she said.