Transferring Ownership of Private Pumping Stations


A recent change in Government Legislation means that all eligible Private Pumping Stations will transfer ownership to the wastewater service provider on October 1st 2016.

That sounds a long way off…

But this is a 5 year process which started on October 1st 2011 and all eligible stations will have transferred by October 1st 2016. This is how we plan to spend the time:

Private Pumping station
Timetable for private sewers transfer

It is estimated that there will be around 2011 private pumping stations in the North West and we are currently trying to find the location of them all. This is more than double the number of existing stations which United Utilities is responsible for and finding them is not going to be an easy task!

Pumping stations come in all different shapes and sizes. Here are some examples:

  • a manhole cover in the garden could be home to a pumping station
  • a pumping station control panel can sometimes be located in a garage
  • or on the side of a house

Get to know what will transfer

The illustrations below give you a simple guide to what will transfer and what will remain your responsibility.

Is the pumping station serving more than one property?

If a pumping station serves more than one property, it will transfer.

Pumping Station Serving More Than One Property

Is the pumping station serving a single property?

If a pumping station serves a single property but is located outside the property boundary, it will transfer.

Pumping Station Serving a Single Property located outside the Property Boundary

If a pumping station serves a single property but is located inside the property boundary, it will not transfer.

Pumping Station Serving a Single Property located inside the Property Boundary

Source: United Utilities

For more information on private sewers transfer, please visit water.org.uk

To discuss any of the above or if you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0844 412 5857.
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