Private pumping stations

On 1 October 2016, the law changed which meant that we became responsible for all eligible sewage pumping stations, in our area.

This means we are now in charge of servicing, maintenance and all associated running costs for these stations.

We do not hold any records about Private Pumping Stations, so if you believe you have a station that may meet the eligibility criteria, we need you to get in contact with us.

Tell us about your pumping station

Adoption criteria

We are now responsible for all pumping stations that meet the criteria set out in The Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011:

  • Be in service prior to 1 July 2011
  • Be connected to the main sewerage network (either foul or surface water)
  • Finally the station must serve multiple curtilages, or boundary, of different freeholds.

If you know of a station that meets the criteria that we may not be aware of, please register your station.

If your pumping station does not meet the criteria, please contact our Developer Services team.

If you'd like to find out more about the transfer you can look at the government guidance on the transfer that is set out on the DEFRA website.

What is a sewage pumping station?

Pumping stations come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be located in driveways, gardens, roadside verges and other areas.

Some homes or businesses have drainage systems with pumps located inside large manholes, also known as wet wells, that pump the wastewater into the nearest sewer network.

The stations are usually accompanied by a kiosk, normally green or grey in colour, which house the electrical equipment.

What do they look like?

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Our video explains more about private pumping stations and what the transfer involves:

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