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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Sewers and roads

236.Paragraph 16 amends section 106A of the Water Industry Act 1991 and inserts a new section 106A. The effect of this amendment is to limit the existing right to connect to the public sewer in certain cases. Where the connection to the sewer is part of a drainage system which requires approval under this Schedule, connection will only be allowed where the application for approval of the drainage plans proposes a connection to the public sewer, and that application is approved by the Approving Body.

237.At present, under section 106(4) of the Water Industry Act, a sewerage company may refuse to allow a connection to the public sewer if it thinks that the mode of construction or condition of associated drains and sewers would be prejudicial to its sewerage system. This paragraph provides that the sewerage company will no longer be able to refuse a connection in respect of surface water on these grounds in a case where the sewer connection is part of the approved drainage system. It also provides that a connection to the sewer may not be refused on the grounds that drainage system drains more than one property or sewer, or absorbs water from other land as well as from premises and sewers.

238.Sub-paragraph (3) inserts a new subsection into section 115 of the Water Industry Act to require a sewerage undertaker to accept any drainage from a highway drain which is in accordance with a drainage system approved under this Schedule.

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