If you are expanding or building a new building, then the presence of a nearby canal can have a big influence on the cost or even feasibility of the project. Severn Trent Water is responsible for the warwick District`s public sewers. If you intend to build a public sewer above or near (normally within 3 meters), you should ask Severn Trent Water for a building by agreement. As part of this application, you may need to have a ccTV review of the flow before and after work. This, along with the cost of the application can add to the cost of construction work. A construction agreement allows the water company to ensure that the work to be carried out will not adversely affect the underlying sewers and ensures that the water company continues to have sufficient access to the canal for repair and maintenance. If you plan to build nearby or via a public sewer, you should contact the water company before carrying out the work to determine its needs. We are responsible for the protection and maintenance of sewers on our territory and it is really important that we protect them for all our customers and future generations. Sewers are often within the confines of private property and sometimes close to buildings. Construction work can affect these sewers and it is our responsibility to ensure that they are not damaged and we can continue to access them for future maintenance work; These are our hidden treasures. As an owner, you may want to consider expanding your home or building a winter garden or garage. Sometimes this type of work can affect underground pipes within the boundary of the land. The other possibility is that the seller will provide the buyer with compensation insurance to protect against financial losses resulting from the construction of the property through a public sewer.

It is the fastest and cheapest option, but whether or not insurance is available depends on the circumstances of each case. In 2011, most of the sewers and private sewer outlets in England and Wales were transferred to public property. Thousands of kilometres of pipes – repaired and maintained by the owners (often without their knowledge) were under the jurisdiction of water companies. While this was undoubtedly good news for the owners, it created a kind of legal shade zone when these sewers were built by their former owners. Each water company has its own policy regarding the construction of public pipes or near public canals. For Severn Trent Water, if an owner wants to build in the immediate vicinity of an existing public channel, they will have followed one of the two lawsuits. Until the late 1990s, they reportedly entered into an agreement with Severn Trent Water, which stated both their rights and the rights of the water company. The transmission of private pipes has generally been beneficial to both the public and water companies.

It relieved public opinion of the responsibility for sewers and entrusted them exclusively to the water companies, which were much better equipped for the maintenance of the sewerage system. While confusion persists on issues such as sewer construction, there is no doubt that homeowners are ultimately better protected than before the installation. For work in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, please email net.dev.west@severntrent.co.uk. If self-certification is not realistic, you must follow this formal application and evaluation process to obtain our approval for the construction of our pipelines.