The 10 water and sewerage companies in England and Wales were today readying themselves for the transfer of private sewers, which will come under their legal ownership from midnight tonight.
Parliament formalised legal regulations in July for the transfer to water and sewerage companies of sections of drains and sewers which have been privately owned by householders in England and Wales since 1 October 1937.
Shared drainage built before 1937 is not affected by the change of law, because these were never put under private ownership and are therefore already owned and maintained by water and sewerage companies.
Government research suggests there are about 200,000km of private sewers whose ownership will change from tomorrow onward — although the exact figure is not known and water companies’ own estimates suggest the total could be larger.
- To find out more about the change, read NCE’s feature on how the transfer of ownership is likely to affect the supply chain.