Last reviewed: 18.6.2013 - 3.39pm

On 1 October 2011, water and sewerage companies in England and Wales became responsible for private sewers, which were previously the responsibility of property owners.

This is good news as it means the ownership and maintenance for private sewers and lateral drains were transferred to us, bringing peace of mind to you and clarity regarding ownership.

Not all private pipes were included. There are some cases where the property owners remain responsible for the sections of pipe between the property/building and the transferred private sewer or lateral drain.

So to help you understand how the sewer transfer affects you, we've created some helpful video guides and graphics - just click the links below to find out more.

How the change of law affects you
Advice for property owners
Information on private pumping stations
Frequently asked questions