Foul Drainage - Important Announcement
On 1st October 2011 the ownership of all private drain pipes
outside householders' own boundaries and all shared private sewer
pipes was transferred to the water/sewerage
Prior to this date, many property owners will have had
responsibility or shared responsibility for sewers and drains both
inside and outside their boundaries up to where they connect to
public sewers, which could in the past lead to difficulties in
resolving problems and large bills to pay for repairs.
Environmental Health Departments have previously advised upon and
used enforcement powers to deal with these issues, but from 1st
October 2011 all blockages and other problems relating to shared
sewers and drains outside householders boundaries should be
reported direct to the relevant sewerage company, which for
Worcestershire is Severn Trent Water.
The contact number for Severn Trent Water is 0800 783 4444. Any
issues relating to the service provided by Severn Trent in dealing
with such matters should be taken up in accordance with their
Non mains drainage remains within private ownership, and
pollution or nuisance from private treatment plants, septic tanks
and cesspools will be investigated by Worcestershire Regulatory
Services. The contact telephone number is 01905 822799.