Sewage disposal—regulation of the sewerage system
Produced in partnership with John Bates of Old Square Chambers
Sewage disposal—regulation of the sewerage system

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with John Bates of Old Square Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sewage disposal—regulation of the sewerage system
  • Brexit impact
  • EU Exit Regulations
  • The objective
  • Urban waste water
  • Sewage collection systems
  • Sensitive areas
  • Less sensitive areas
  • Designation reviews
  • Sewage treatment
  • More...

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 Waste Water Treatment Directive 91/271/EEC—snapshot.

The Directive is implemented in England and Wales principally by the Urban Waste Water Treatment (England and Wales) Regulations 1994, SI 1994/2841 (1994 Regulations).

Regulation 4 of the 1994 Regulations supplements the duties imposed on sewerage undertakers by s 94 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA 1991) to ensure their sewerage systems comply with the Directive. For further information on WIA 1991, s 94, see Practice Note: Sewers and drains—sewerage undertakers’ core duties and powers.

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

EU Exit Regulations

The Flood and Water (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, effective from Implementation Period (IP) completion date, make minor and technical amendments to legislation in the fields of floods and water. In

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