Sewerage and drainage

Sewerage and drainage guidance:

Introduction There are two systems of drainage in relation to development: • foul water, and • surface water Each of these has above-ground and underground elements: •...

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The need for environmental protection Septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants are wastewater systems for domestic sewage that are used when properties are not...

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For the purposes of s 100 of the Highways Act 1980, a ‘highway drain’ is defined as including a ditch, gutter, watercourse, soak-away, bridge, culvert, tunnel or pipe....

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Introduction A sewer adoption agreement is entered into between the developer and the water service company for sewers to be constructed to defined standards so that they...

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Right to discharge A private sewerage undertaker does not have statutory power under the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA 1991) to discharge water or other matter from its...

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Under s 94(1)(b) of the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA 1991) a sewerage undertaker has a duty to deal with the contents of its sewers, whether by means of sewage disposal...

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Sewage disposal is regulated through the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive 91/271/EEC as amended (Directive). For a summary of the Directive, see Practice Note: Urban...

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The developer of a housing estate or other facility will need to lay sewers and drains to deal with domestic sewerage and surface water. Sections 21 and 22 of the...

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Drains A ‘drain’ means a drain used for the drainage of one building or of any buildings or yards appurtenant to buildings within the same curtilage. A drain can also...

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Maintenance Every sewerage undertaker has a duty to ensure that its sewers and lateral drains are cleaned and maintained so that its area is, and continues to be,...

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A sewerage undertaker has a general duty under section 94(1) of the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA 1991) to ensure that the area for which it is responsible is and...

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A sewerage undertaker is the company appointed by the Secretary of State or Ofwat to be the sewerage undertaker for the area specified in its instrument of appointment...

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Undertakers’ powers to lay pipes The powers of a sewerage undertaker to lay sewers, lateral drains and disposal mains are found in ss 158 and 159 of the Water Industry...

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Introduction to SuDS In a natural setting, rainfall will be intercepted by vegetation or infiltrated into the ground, dependent on the soil characteristics, until the...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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TitleCouncil Directive 91/271/EEC of 21 May 1991 concerning urban waste-water treatment (the Directive). Latest consolidated version dates from January 2014. Entry into...

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