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Sewers: Private Sector

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on flood management of transferring private drains, sewers and pump stations to water companies.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The proposed transfer will significantly aid surface water management, which is currently inhibited by disparate ownership of sewerage assets. One of the primary benefits will be better integrated management and maintenance of the transferred assets as part of the public sewerage system. In his report on the 2007 floods, Sir Michael Pitt welcomed the clarification of institutional responsibilities that the proposed transfer will bring as a contribution to reducing surface water flooding. The transfer will apply to private foul and surface water sewers that connect to the public sewerage system.

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David Pitt
Posted on 20 Jan 2011 9:13 am (Report this annotation)

One of the major shortcomings of the transfer and one of major contributory factors in flooding, is the lack of planned or even effective breakdown or failure maintenance undertaken by the WASC's due to a lack of funds. however despite new technology existing that will significntly improve this situation at a much lower cost, little is being done to improve the situations. the forthcoming transfer is likely to exaserbate the situation and increase not reduce the frequency of property and surface flooding.

I am currently discussing these issues with your honourable colleague David Amess MP.