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Do you know whether a water undertaker has a statutory power to order a property owner to connect to a public sewer (if it isn’t connected already)?

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Published on LexisPSL on 31/05/2017

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  • Do you know whether a water undertaker has a statutory power to order a property owner to connect to a public sewer (if it isn’t connected already)?

Do you know whether a water undertaker has a statutory power to order a property owner to connect to a public sewer (if it isn’t connected already)?

We presume that in the current situation the powers to lay sewers on private land covered by Part VI of the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA 1991) and summarised in Q&A: Do statutory water undertakers have the power to lay foul sewers on private land? are not relevant.

We are not aware of any express provision compelling a property owner to connect to a public sewer, where that property owner has not first served notice of his proposal to have his drains or sewers communicate with a public sewer.

However, a sewerage undertaker (defined in the WIA 1991) is required, by WIA 1991, s 101A to

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