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Water Act 2014

Section 41: Disputes about the provision of public sewers: premises in Wales

175.This section amends section 101A of the WIA so as to make provision about the determination of disputes about the provision of a public sewer in Wales. Under section 101A, owners or occupiers of properties served by private sewerage treatment systems that are not connected to a public sewer may apply to the sewerage undertaker for the area where the premises is located for connection to a public sewer under the conditions prescribed by section 101A.

176.The undertaker must decide whether it believes it has a duty to provide a public sewer. If the sewerage undertaker and the owner or occupier do not agree about there being a duty or other specified matters, the dispute resolution provisions of section 101A apply.

177.In Wales, the dispute determination role now rests with the Natural Resources Body for Wales. The section gives that role to the Welsh Ministers, or a person they appoint, and requires the Natural Resources Body for Wales to advise the parties and the person determining the dispute, if asked. Because of the Natural Resources Body for Wales’ role, the section provides for persons appointed to determine disputes to be independent of the Natural Resources Body for Wales.

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