This Guidance Note:

  • Explains the difference between drains and sewers and who is responsible for their maintenance.
  • Explains the responsibilities for private sewers from 1st October 2011.
  • Points out the changes to the responsibility for pumping stations from the 1st October 2016.
  • Gives advice on how to avoid blocked drains and maintain them.
  • Looks at insurance and drains.

Covering Topics

  • Overview
  • What are Drains, Sewers and Pumping Stations?
  • Responsibility for Drains and Sewers
  • Responsibility for Pumping Stations
  • Who Is Responsible?
  • Diagrams to Illustrate Responsibility
  • Enforcement of Statutory Drainage Legislation
  • Avoiding Blocked Drains and Sewers
  • Maintenance of Drains - Advice for Managing Agents
  • Maintenance of Pumping Stations - Advice for Managing Agents
  • Insurance and Blocked Drains and Sewers
  • Appendix

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