Drainage explained - Definitions

When drains and sewers become blocked, or repairs are required, there is often confusion about who has responsibility.

There is an important distinction between drains and sewers:-

  • A drain is a pipe which carries foul and/or surface water from one property
  • A sewer is a pipe which carries foul and/or surface water from more than one property; thus when two drains join, the pipe becomes a sewer.
  • Other definitions of note include a...
    • lateral drain is that part of a drain which serves a single property but which lies outside that property’s curtilage
    • pumping station means that part of a sewer or lateral drain which is a pumping station and includes the rising main (the pressurised pipe that connects the pumping station with the rest of the sewer or lateral drain)

 

 

 


Last Updated on Friday, August 31, 2018

When drains and sewers become blocked, or repairs are required, there is often confusion about who has responsibility.

There is an important distinction between drains and sewers:-

  • A drain is a pipe which carries foul and/or surface water from one property
  • A sewer is a pipe which carries foul and/or surface water from more than one property; thus when two drains join, the pipe becomes a sewer.
  • Other definitions of note include a...
    • lateral drain is that part of a drain which serves a single property but which lies outside that property’s curtilage
    • pumping station means that part of a sewer or lateral drain which is a pumping station and includes the rising main (the pressurised pipe that connects the pumping station with the rest of the sewer or lateral drain)

 


Last Updated on Friday, August 31, 2018

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