2 Feb 2012
One of the most interesting parts of the National SuDS Standard consultation is not what is in it but what is in the consultation on the automatic adoption of new gravity foul sewers and lateral drains. This implements a change in the Water Industry Act that was proposed in the Flood and Water Management Act.
The change proposed is that automatic adoption will only happen if there are standards issued by the Minister. Interestingly, only foul standards have been issued, does this imply that automatic adoption will only be for foul sewers and laterals? So what happens to surface water sewers and laterals. If you look at the definition of Sustainable Drainage in the NSS consultation that says “those parts of a drainage system that are not vested in a sewerage undertaker.”
So does that mean surface water sewers are now sustainable drainage by default?
If that is the case, then apart from a surface water drainage system legacy, water and sewerage companies cease to have anything to do with surface water. It will be all down to the SAB.
Consultation for the automatic arrangements for new foul sewers and lateral drains closed on the 31 January 2012.