Local MP plugs private sewer transfer

June 16, 2011 11:38 AM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is alerting local residents to the fact that, from 1st October, the ownership of all private sewers in England and Wales will transfer to water companies. The changes are good news for people with private sewers, as for a small increase in bills of between £3 to £14 per year, Thames Water will take on responsibility for their maintenance and repair.

Tom said: "These changes will provide peace of mind for thousands of people in Sutton with private sewers. In many cases homeowners do not realise that they own one until a problem arises and they need to fix it out of their own pocket at great expense."

He added, "Unfortunately, for those without a private sewer, it will mean an unwelcome small increase in their bills."

Though most sewers are public, Government figures estimate that there are about 125,000km of private sewers across the country and that 50% of all properties in England and Wales are connected to one.

As a result of the changes, the sewer network operated by Thames Water will increase from 67,000km to 107,000km. The company are predicting a five-fold increase in blockage call outs.

Tom added: "Many homeowners will find that after 1st October they may be insured for something that may not be their responsibility, and so I would urge Sutton residents to ensure that they are not being charged unnecessarily."

For more information about the transfer of private sewers, contact Thames Water's 24 hour Customer Centre on 08459200800 or visit www.water.org.uk/home/policy/private-sewers-transfer.

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