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Wessex Water / Southern Water Drainage Responsibility 



Recently, well from October 2011, your local company that is in charge of the disposal of waste water from your property took over the responsibility of the drain lines connected to the main sewers. This has relieved you of the repair of any damage to the drain lines after they leave your boundary.

However it has gone further than that and they are also now responsible for the drain lines up to any shared connections. As you can see from the diagram, the terraced and semi detached properties normally have shared drains and whereas before the clearing of a blockage was a shared expense of the owners it is now covered by the water company.

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As most insurers cover damage to drain lines.  Maybe !!!!! you might get a reduction of your house insurance premium. But don’t hold your breath.

So if you have a problem in the drain lines marked in red call the water company

Otherwise call us on 01202 82 80 81




You can help prevent drains and sewers from being blocked by not pouring fat, oil or grease down the sink. Instead let it cool and pour it into a container before putting it in the bin. Hundreds of people cause blockages in sewers or damage to the environment by putting rubbish down the toilet. To avoid blocked pipes, plumbing bills and damage to the environment, put the following in your bin:

contraceptives                                   disposable nappies                            wet wipes

incontinence pads                             female hygiene products                  plasters

colostomy bags and bandages          cotton buds.

Wrap razor blades carefully in paper and put them in the bin and return medicines to your local pharmacy. Syringes and needles should be returned to a healthcare provider.

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Treatment Plant Maintenance

Once you have your Treatment Plant installed it will have a guarantee from the manufacturer. This will only be honoured if you do have the treatment plant servicing done in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

There are, however, some legal requirements that you should be aware of: it is not just having the tank emptied every year, or as required.

  • You must have Consent to Discharge or Exemption from the Environmental Agency. This requires you to keep a record log of the treatment plant maintenance available for inspection. These records have to be readily available and kept for 5 years.
  • The Building Regulations of 2002 states ‘that regular treatment plant maintenance and inspection should be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the owner will be legally responsible to ensure that the system is serviced and does not cause pollution or be a health hazard’.
  • Legislation in 2010 said the there would be a maximum fine of £100,000.00 or three months imprisonment if pollution was created by lack of treatment plant maintenance  / servicing .

Now the solicitors are requiring any property with a septic tank or treatment plant to produce documentation of the treatment plant maintenance / servicing when they prepare the conveyance documents for any sale or purchase of property.

Treatment Plant

It does make sense to have the plant serviced to ensure all is working properly and the discharge is safe. It is a good idea to have this done at the same time as you have your tank emptied as it gives a fuller inspection of the tank. Please remember that the contractor does need access to the unit, so keep it clear of any obstructions such as flower beds, as they certainly will be damaged.

Servicing is charged from £110.00 plus v.a.t.  We can arrange for a tanker to be in attendance should it be require

Never let an unqualified person tamper with your treatment plant. Any work should be done by a British Water Accredited Engineer.

Moling and Watermains

When an underground water main bursts quite often it is best to make a full replacement as, like all things, age has taken its toll and the pipe has reached the end of its useful life. Impact moling can be the best way to avoid any disruption of the ground as it is usual for the watermain going to a property travels under gardens, paths and driveways. It is a very simple method, a hole is dug at the point that the pipe has to be connected and another at the other end. The impact mole, as seen below, is positioned in the first hole and with a hammer action, from compressed air, it is directed to the receiving hole. The new pipe is then drawn through.

Moling Bournemouth

Moling Bournemouth







The biggest problem is to ascertain if there are any other services in line with the moles travel, such as drains, gas pipes, electric cables etc. Great care must be taken to avoid damage.

Not only are watermains laid by this method, we can also lay pipes up to 100mm where appropriate. Watermains Bournemouth

Watermains Bournemouth

Bournemouth Drains  – Christopher Crabbe Creeke

Christopher Creeke Bournemouth

The person responsible for the sewage system in Bournemouth was a surveyor called Christopher Crabbe Creeke. He came to Bournemouth in 1850 to work as a surveyor / architect for Mary Shelley who wanted to extend the then ‘Boscombe Cottage’ to contain a theatre to seat 200. (It is now Shelley Park after several name changes).

Having settled in Bournemouth he made his name in establishing the ownership in the complicated arrangements of the local estates. When in 1856 the government allowed the Bournemouth Commissioners to levy a local tax to improve the area he was appointed as surveyor and took up the challenge of ‘designing’Bournemouth. He created the basis of the current road structure ensuring there were open spaces for public enjoyment. The sewage and water supply for an every increasing population was his design, and basically still exists, and is in use today. A sign of the Victorian’s  standards of quality. In his capacity of Surveyor of Nuisances he arranged refuge collection service in the town.

Christopher Creeke Bournemouth

He died in 1886 and is buried in WimborneRoad Cemetery at Cemetery Junction. This he also designed together with the chapel. There is a bust, in his memory of his achievements for the town, standing in the Mayor’s Parlour. Also a statue, with Lewis Tregonwell, stands outside the BIC at the pier. It shows Tregonwell on one side with the first building in Bournemouth and Creeke on the other sitting on a toilet. Weatherspoons opened one of their pubs at the Lansdowne in Bournemouth called ‘Christopher Creeke’ in his memory. Residents of Bournemouth should be proud of his contribution to the creating the public services, that we expect and ignore, and the surroundings of the Bournemouth we know today.

Christopher Creeke BournemouthChristopher Creeke Bournemouth