TRANSFER OF PRIVATE SEWERS
Private sewers and lateral drains have transfered ownership
from private individuals to water and sewerage companies (from 1st
October 2011). The transfer includes all drains and sewers that are
connected to the current public sewerage system.
In the Northumbrian Water area, the change will see 13,500
kilometres of private sewer pipes, on top of the 16,000 kilometres
of public sewers they already look after be taken over by
We believe the transfer is good news for customers. It will
provide greater clarity on ownership and responsibilities, and lead
to less disputes with property owners.
It is thought that private sewage pumping stations will transfer
ownership by October 2016. Private sewage works and the sewers and
lateral drains upstream of these sewage works will not change
For further information including videos and answers to some
frequently asked questions please
Remeber you are still
responsible for the section of pipe that only
serves your property and is inside
the property boundry. If a blockage occurs in
a section of pipe that is shared or outside the boundry
of the property then the matter should be passed
to Northumbria Water on the number below. If you
are unsure where the blockage is located then contact Northumbria
Water on the number below who will investigate.
Northumbria Water - Customer
Services 0845 717 1100.