Transfer of private sewers will stop residents having unexpected repair bills
Cllr Dale Heenan, “Last September, I asked newly elected local MP, Justin Tomlinson, to raise the problem of unadopted drains in Parliament. Over the last few years I have dealt with more than 20 complaints about this very unpleasant issue because local residents who this affects must foot the repair bill for broken, blocked or damaged drains. Ten months on and I have good news. From October 1st, the government has agreed new legislation that will transfer all of these responsibilities to local water companies!
These surprise bills, which can run into hundreds of pounds, will no longer catch out local residents. The drains of some houses in Covingham and Nythe were never adopted and the changes will mean that the ownership of all drains and sewers which weren’t previously dealt with by Thames Water will be.
I have asked Thames Water to confirm their commitment to this transfer and what their plans are to inform local residents about the changes. At a time when they are talking about hiking water bills by £65 a year to pay for a super sewer in London, Thames Water should first sort out the problems facing local residents. ”