IMPORTANT NEWS - The way that Developer Services charge for their work changed on 1 April 2018. Please click here to find out more.
Making an application – Forms and checklist
SFA 6 – information
WRC website for SFA 6th Edition
Sewers for Adoption 6th Edition - SWW addendums
Table of distances for building close to a public sewer
Sample SFA6 S104 agreement – standard version
Sample SFA6 S104 agreement – separate owner version
SFA 7 - information
WRC website for SFA 7th Edition
Sewers for Adoption- Small Development Version
Layout and access to sewers - Please refer to Section B3 within Sewers for Adoption 7th Edition
Sample SFA7 S104 agreement – standard version
Sample SFA7 S104 agreement – separate owner version
Post construction guidance
S104 – post construction advice sheet
Section 104 adoption process – pumping station post technical approval
As Built requirements for sewer adoptions
Sample manhole record card
Manhole record card (MHRC)
Testing of tanks design to retain aqueous liquid
Our minimum standard for delivery will be in accordance with the Water UK Levels of Service.
For further information on these standards and to see our performance please click here.
Although we pride ourselves on the service we provide to our SLP customers, on occasion we may fall short.
Target Timescale (days)
Form of Redress
|Report on the number of written acknowledgements within target||14||Contact from the Developer Services team to agree next steps|
|Technical vetting - number of applications responded to in the period||28 (note S5.1 is including in this timescale)||Contact from the Developer Services team to agree next steps|
|Technical vetting - number of applications responded to in the period extended by agreement||as agreed||Contact from the Developer Services team to agree next steps|
|Legal agreements sent within period of target.||14||Contact from the Developer Services team to agree next steps|
The redress scheme is a temporary arrangement, in line with the requirements of Ofwat's Code for Adoption Agreements. We are working with Water UK and all other companies to determine appropriate and consistent redress arrangements across the sector.
We will update our website on completion of this work.
Contacting the team
On receipt of your application, we will confirm the name of the Project Coordinator who will be looking after your project and their direct contact number and email address.
Should you have a general enquiry or wish to escalate an issue please contact:
Assistant Project Manager
South West Water
Exeter EX2 7HR
Should you wish to arrange a free call back or make a complaint please click here.
Sewers for Adoption 8 - coming soon
Water UK has published a pre-implementation version of Sewers for Adoption 8 (SfA 8). This is expected to come into effect by mid-2019 as part of the sector’s implementation of the Ofwat Code on Adoption Agreements. The ultimate power of approval for the document as part of the adoption code rests with Ofwat but when the new guidance does come into effect, it will be the only guide to the standards that sewers must meet if they are to be adoptable by water and sewer companies in England.
For the first time, guidance on adoptable SuDS has been provided.
Even if the final form of the guidance may change as part of the adoption code work, water and sewerage companies, planning authorities and developer are already considering charges to policies and procedures in order to implement the new manual. The advance publication is intended to allow sufficient time for those changes to be made.
We will be working with customers over this period of time to provide further updates.
Note: South West Water is currently unable to accept submissions under Sewers for Adoption 8
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