Adopting sewers and other assets

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We can formally agree with you that we'll adopt a sewer or a pumping station, prior to construction. Make an application, pay for your quote and find out more about our levels of service.

Apply to adopt a new sewer (Section 104)

On adoption, the sewer and any associated pumping stations will become part of our sewerage network and be maintained at our expense. We currently follow the model agreement set out in Sewers for Adoption 6th edition. You will be responsible for all costs associated with the sewer before it’s adopted.

We have different service levels, depending on the stage of the adoption process. To find out more, and how we compare to other companies, please visit the Water UK website.

Please refer to our guidance notes to help you with your application.

Apply online

If you would prefer to post your application, please use the link below to download the form.

Apply to adopt an existing sewer (Section 102)

We adopt existing sewers and pumping stations that pass Section 102 of the Water Industry Act 1991. This requires the assets to be properly designed, constructed and maintained. Once we adopt these as public assets, we will maintain them at our expense.However, all costs prior to adoption are at your expense.

Please refer to our guidance notes to help you with your application.

Please refer to our guidance notes to help you with your application.

Apply online

If you would prefer to post your application, please use the link below to download the form.

For details on how we’ll use the information you provide in your application, click here.

Adopting sewage treatment works

If you'd like us to adopt an existing or new sewage works please email us, mentioning ‘Adopting a treatment works’ in the subject line.

Additional payments

Please use this link if you want to make an additional payment related to your application. Additional payments

Our service levels

You can read about the three performance measures we report against, and what we’ll do if we fail to meet our targets, here.