Sewer Adoption Agreement

Specific sections of Highway 1980 and the Water Industry Act 1991 authorize the adoption of a drainage system by a sewerage company (which will then be responsible for the future maintenance of the system). We are aware that construction may need to begin before the S104 agreement is signed by all parties. In order not to delay the start of your work, you can complete a quick request after receiving the technical receipt and paying the S104 fee. Section 102 of the Water Management Act allows the owner of an existing private canal to request the adoption of their sewers. Below is a guide on what to do when you offer new sewers and pumping stations to accept, including links to relevant application forms. Once the sewers are built and all renovations are underway, you should complete an S104 maintenance requirement form (PDF 142 KB opens in a new window) and provide the “As Built” drawings, health and safety files and all other outstanding requirements and send them to If you have your technical agreement from us for your sewer system design, you must be in a section 104 agreement so that we can formally handle the sewers. The Code establishes a framework for the general principles in which companies must comply with adoption agreements and requires companies to cooperate with their customers to develop, agree and maintain sectoral guidelines (which define the processes by which parties can enter into adoption agreements) and model adoption agreements. The code sets the minimum requirements for these documents, including information and publication requirements; Where waivers may be allowed; and governance agreements, including the sectoral organization, which convenes governance panels to review future code changes. If you apply under Section 104, you must provide detailed information about the design and construction of the new canal and how it is connected to the public channel. The sanitation authority will need it to verify that the work is being carried out in accordance with the sewerage sector guideline (SSG- which replaced the “sewers for adoption” in April 2020). Sanderson Associates provides developers with a comprehensive drainage design service that ranges from small private drainage systems to large wastewater and surface drainage systems for adoption with secondary south systems, so that developments can meet planning conditions for surface water flow requirements and wastewater discharge requirements.

For more information on the transition to the new adoption codes, visit the Water UK website. You can also see our simple guide (PDF 228 KB opens in a new window) The introduction of a drainage system by a Section 38 agreement is for a drainage system that only drains a supposed highway. The drainage system takes only the flow of the supposed (or prospective) highways and no private drainage or drainage falls into the system. The last adoption authority is the local authority or the council. The cost of reaching such an agreement depends on the size of the development. A Section 104 sewer disposal application must be made before your drainage company can begin building a new canal, so the local sanitation authority will agree to take over the newly constructed new private canal (or pumping station) as soon as the work is completed. This means that they will keep it at their own expense in the future. The Water Act 2014 also introduced amendments to WIA91 that require Ofwat to adopt legal codes for adoption agreements for companies operating entirely or primarily in Wales. However, in March 2019, the Welsh Government decided to delay the start of these changes in order to await the entry into force of changes to the governance of the water sector resulting from the Wales Act 2017, which is expected to take place in April 2022.

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