Charges announcementIMPORTANT NEWS  -

The Developer Services Charging Arrangements 2019-20 comes into force on 1 April 2019. This is now on our website to provide an opportunity customers to better understand those charges in advance.  Please click here to find out more information.

First time sewerage

Banner image

Areas not connected to the main sewerage system may qualify for mains connection under Section 101A of the Water Industry Act 1991.

If you’ve got a cesspool or a septic tank which is causing you and your local environment a problem, you can find out if you can have a public sewerage system.

Take a look at our First Time Sewerage Information leaflet

Do you qualify?  

 

The application must be for 2 or more existing properties with a domestic element of drainage which were build before 20 June 1995

The properties are not already connected either directly or indirectly to the public sewerage system

The surface water run-off from the properties does not discharge to the private treatment facilities*

There is an environmental or amenity problem associated with the absence of public sewerage which is sufficiently serious to justify the provision of public sewerage

The environmental or amenity problem cannot be more appropriately alleviated by improved operation or maintenance of the existing drainage systems

The properties must be at least 30 metres away from the public sewer

 

* Septic tank systems and Sewage Treatment Plants cannot accept any rainwater, either from downpipes or surface drains. This is because the septic tank should be sized to deal with the volume of effluent produced by a specific population.  This sizing ensures that the sewage remains in the septic tank long enough for full settlement to occur.  If rainwater enters the tank, then the flow rate through the septic tank increases and adequate settlement does not occur.  The resulting effluent would then contain so many suspended solids that it would very quickly compromise the soakaway

 

If you’re building a new property or you require a connection for a single property, you’ll need to make a sewer connection application.

Application form and guidance notes

If you qualify for a First Time Sewerage evaluation, please complete the application form and return to the Developer Services Planning Team.

Please see our guidance notes to assist with completing this form.

 

Please complete all sections and provide all relevant information so that your application can be processed as quickly and accurately as possible.

How can we help

Quickly find what you are looking for...

Developer services View all
View all