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4Separation of common water service pipes.

(1)Notwithstanding anything in any agreement, where on the passing of this Act the supply of water to two or more houses is by a single service pipe, statutory water undertakers shall not require the provision of separate service pipes for those houses until either—

(a)the existing supply pipe becomes so defective as to require renewal or is no longer sufficient to meet the requirements of the houses; or

(b)a payment in respect of the supply of water to any of the houses remains unpaid after the end of the period for which it is due; or

(c)the houses are, by structural alterations to one or more of them, converted into a larger number of houses; or

(d)the owner or occupier of any of the houses has interfered with or allowed another person to interfere with the existing service pipe or the stopcock fixed to it and thereby caused the supply of water to any house to be interfered with or the undertakers have reasonable grounds to believe that such interference is likely to take place.

(2)In subsection (1) of section 42 of Schedule 3 to the Water Act 1945, after the word " section " there shall be inserted the words

and of section 4 of the Water Act 1981.

(3)Without prejudice to any modification made by any local statutory provision, subsections (1) to (6) of section 42 of Schedule 3 to the Water Act 1945 shall by virtue of this section apply throughout every water authority area, whether or not applied by or under any other enactment.

(4)Any local statutory provision so far as inconsistent with any provision of this section or applying with or without modifications subsections (7) and (8) of section 42 of the said Schedule 3 shall cease to have effect; and the said subsections (7) and (8) are hereby repealed.

(5)In this section—

(a)" local statutory provision " has the meaning assigned to it by section 38(1) of the Water Act 1973;

(b)" house ", " service pipe " and " supply pipe " have the meanings assigned to them by section 1(1) of Schedule 3 to the Water Act 1945;

(c)" statutory water undertakers " has the meaning assigned to it by section 11(6) of the Water Act 1973.

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