Sewers and drains explained
Look after your drains
Find out what you’re responsible for!
There are many pipes, drains and sewers hidden away from view inside business premises and under the ground; so it’s worth bearing in mind that responsibility for their upkeep is in the hands of different organisations and people – including your business.
What you’re responsible for – the pipes, gutters and drains in and around your premises, including the drains from your property up to your boundary – if you have a problem with these, you’ll need to call a plumber – but check your insurance first as you may be covered
What United Utilities is responsible for – the big public sewers that take sewage and rainwater run-off to wastewater treatment works, the pipes from your property’s boundary that lead into the public sewer. Many of the shared drains where several property’s drains meet together before they join the public sewer – if you suspect that this is blocked, please contact us
What your local authority is responsible for – road gullies; these are small grate-covered openings at the edge of roads, and are used to drain surface water from the highway.
If you’re worried about blockages or smells from these please call your council
For more detailed information, please see our printable pdf: Simple Guide to Water Pipes, Drains and Sewers.
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