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Water Act 2014

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Sustainable drainage

21Drainage systems relieving public sewers

(1)After section 114 of the Water Industry Act 1991 there is inserted—

Sustainable drainage
114ADrainage systems relieving public sewers

(1)Sewerage undertakers may construct, on their own or on another’s land, drainage systems for the purpose of reducing the volume of surface water entering public sewers or the rate at which it does so.

(2)A sewerage undertaker may maintain and operate a drainage system constructed by it under subsection (1).

(3)In this section—

  • “drainage system” means a structure designed to receive rainwater and other surface water, other than a natural watercourse;

  • “natural watercourse” means a river or stream;

  • “rainwater” includes snow and other precipitation;

  • “structure” includes—

    (a)

    any part of an existing or proposed structure, and

    (b)

    any feature or aspect of a design that is intended to receive or facilitate the receipt of rainwater or other surface water.

(4)The powers conferred by subsections (1) and (2) are not to be regarded as functions of a sewerage undertaker for the purposes of section 155 (compulsory purchase of land required for the purposes of carrying out functions of relevant undertakers).

(2)In section 158 of that Act (powers to lay pipes in streets), in subsection (7) (meaning of reference to a relevant pipe), in paragraph (b)—

(a)omit the “or” at the end of both sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii);

(b)after sub-paragraph (iii) there is inserted or

(iv)any pipe forming part of, or required in connection with, a drainage system constructed under section 114A.

(3)In Schedule 3 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (sustainable drainage), after paragraph 19 there is inserted—

Exception 3: systems under section 114A Water Industry Act 1991

19AThe adoption duty does not apply to a drainage system constructed under section 114A of the Water Industry Act 1991 (drainage systems relieving public sewers).

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