April 14th, 2021 at 3:31 PM by admin

We first indicated that we will implement the sewer sector guidelines and the standard wastewater disposal agreement, which will come into effect on October 31, 2019. However, as part of their response to our minor revisions, the companies requested a longer time frame, with a proposed implementation date of April 1, 2020. We believe that this is appropriate and, as such, according to paragraph B1.4 of the Code, this is the time when sewer sector documents become “live.” For sewers, an acceptance agreement is a common practice for new connections to the system. However, water is currently extremely scarce, as the system is generally moved either by the water distribution company or by an approved supplier (the so-called “auto-lay” option). This ensures that the network is properly moved and is immediately the responsibility of the water supplier. Development North Phone: 01225 522682 E-mail: development.north@wessexwater.co.uk The adoption process was recently made difficult by the installation of private channels that took place in 2011. As part of the transfer, most of the sewers, which were installed before July of this year, were automatically transferred to the property of the water companies. These include sewers under the S104 agreements. However, the transfer involved only sewers discharged into the public system.

The S104 agreements also concern surface water channels that carry rainwater from the land. Many of them flow into streams or ponds. These were not included in the transfer, which means that there are developments where the bad pipes are owned by the water company, but where the surface water pipes are still subject to an acceptance agreement. There are also developments for which some of them were connected and adopted before July 2011 and parts that have been connected and are still private thereafter. If your research were to point out that sewers are subject to an adoption agreement, you should be aware that they are not currently owned by the water distribution company and that if things go wrong, it is not the water company that is responsible for the repair. It is also possible that the developer may not be able/unable to repair the sewers or, if they stop the business, the owners may be responsible for the sewers. We would always recommend checking who the developer is, if there are any likely complications, and the likely timing of acceptance. On January 7, 2019, companies submitted for approval a draft guidelines for the water sector and a draft standard water adoption agreement. Our review of the projects concluded that there were certain aspects of draft documents that required continued work and engagement of companies, in consultation with their clients, before we could assume that they were in compliance with the principles of the code.