Sewer Connections at JW Clark
Professional Sewer Connection Services
The most common reason we have found our customers, both private and commercial, need sewer connections, is when they have found a plot of land and are building a new house or houses. Generally, new build plots will not have any other means of connecting the sewerage, and a wastewater connection is required.
In more recent times, mainly since January 2020, sewer connections are being required for customers who are currently using septic tanks/treatment plants. The environmental agency has brought in new regulations which means these tanks are no longer fit for purpose, and a mains connection is the only option.
The vast majority of connections made are in the public highway, ranging from 1m down to 5m deep. To work on the highway, you must apply to the local council and apply for a Section 50 Licence. To gain one of these, the contractor themselves needs at least 2 people with an NRSWA licence to include a supervisor and operative. The contractor must also have Public Liability Insurance, in some cases up to £10 million. You must produce maps of other utilities within the working area and in some cases inform them of your works.
For anyone wishing to connect to the public sewer, the applicant or in some cases ‘agent’, must apply to the water authority and obtain a Section 106 approval. When making the S106 application, you must provide detailed drawings of the site, including all on-site drainage, and where you are looking to connect in conjunction with the foul sewer. JW Clark predominantly offers this service within their quotes to take all the hassle away from the customer.
There a couple of options for the method of connecting to the public sewer. These are dependant on a few things, including the size of the pipe the main sewer is running, the depth of the pipe, and in some cases, the width of the highway is where you are connecting. JW Clark where possible prefer to connect via a junction insertion, this is usually the cheapest and quickest option to their customers, with building a new manhole generally being the most expensive. If a new manhole is required to be built, this will usually mean a road closure is required, this involved a minimum 12 week lead time with the council/highways authority with a substantial fee to be paid to them, this can vary from £1,100 to £2,500.
At the end of the works being completed and approved by the water authority, a final inspection certificate will be provided to the contractor/applicant. These are often required when trying to sell the houses later on down the line.
If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today, head over to our contact page for more details.
John organised applying for permission to connect the foul in the road and liaised with the utility companies for ducting. This was our first building project as self-builders of this size and he advised us throughout the project and helped it to run smoothly even with unforeseen water and drainage problems. The project stayed on schedule and on budget. John and Mark’s expertise were priceless.