Defra, the Environment Agency and Water UK are working together to develop guidance and procedures for the management of private sewers.
There remain communities where foul effluent is drained, treated and discharged by private facilities, and Section 101A of the Water Industry Act 1991 contains provisions enabling such communities to requisition and pay for public sewerage facilities.
However, under the Act, where private sewerage facilities are causing pollution, in certain circumstances the Environment Agency can require the local sewerage company to sewer the community at its own (that is its charge-payers’) expense.
Defra has issued statutory guidance on when such circumstances arise, but this has not been working as well as hoped - hence the moves to agree new guidance and procedures. It is hoped that this exercise can be completed by the end of this year.
Contact: Richard Venters