What exactly is foul water and main sewers?
Where possible, the first point of connection of foul water (sinks, toilets, baths etc) should drain to the mains sewerage system. Typically large urban areas will have a sewerage network of this type, foul sewers are located in the roads and convey sewage to municipal treatment works operated by the Water Company (South West Water /Wessex Water etc) with a discharge into the watercourse regulated under an Environmental Permit by the Environment Agency.
How do I know if I am connected to the mains?
If you receive a monthly/quarterly bill for the supply of potable water and the treatment of sewage then your property is connected to the mains.
What do I do if I want to build 50 houses?
Quite simply the first approach will be to connect your sewage into the nearest sewer, this will require negotiations with the local sewerage undertaker. We can advise you on this as each site will be different.
Case Study 1
Premier Water Solutions were appointed to undertake the foul and surface water drainage design for a 24 house development in Somerset. The foul water pipework needed to be designed in accordance with sewers for Adoption 6th Edition ensuring that there were no pipe clashes with the surface water piped system. The nearest connection manhole was 300m up the B road which will prove to be quite expensive.
I am about to buy a development site...
Before purchasing a site it is recommended to speak with us and we can advise on whether it is possible to connect into the nearest sewer. Sites without a foul water solution can become expensive sites to develop.