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Defra release statement on the Flood and Water Management Act

Defra are aiming to commence Section 42 of the Flood and Water Management act in October 2013, subject to cross Government and Parliamentary approval. They also confirm the work they are doing to manage the implementation which involves various stakeholders, including NHBC. You can read the statement here. It includes a link to their website where you can find some background information.

Defra statement on the Flood and Water Management Act


Defra is working towards the implementation of Section 42 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. Once in force, section 42 will make the right to connect sewers and lateral drains into the public sewerage system under section 106 of the Water Industry Act 1991 subject to meeting two conditions. First, anyone wanting to connect a new sewer or lateral drain to the public sewerage system must first enter into an adoption agreement with the local Water and Sewerage Company (WaSC), as provided for in Section 104 of the 1991 Act. The second condition is that the adoption agreement must include provision about the standards to which the sewer or drain must be constructed and about the adoption of the drain or sewer by the WaSC.

Defra aims to commence section 42 in October 2013, subject to cross Government and Parliamentary approval. Defra officials are currently working with stakeholders to develop solutions to the issues that were raised in the consultation and that need to be resolved before the policy is implemented. To that end four task and finish groups have been established to look at key areas. Key stakeholders are represented on the groups including: developers, developer organisations, WaSCs, Water UK and the National House-Building Council. The remit of each Group, together with details of the chair and deputy chair is below:


  • Task and Finish Group considering cost implications

    Chair and Deputy Chair: Dylan Smith, Severn Trent Water (dylan.smith@severntrent.co.uk) and Ray Farrow, Home Builders Federation (Ray.Farrow@t-d-s.com)

  • Task and Finish Group looking at ways to standardise the adoption agreement paperwork with a view to a uniform approach being applied

    Chair and Deputy Chair: Alison Tregale, South West Water (atregale@southwestwater.co.uk) and Steve Wielebski, Home Builders Federation (stephen.wielebski@miller.co.uk)

  • Task and Finish Group considering how the adoption process can be streamlined

    Chair and Deputy Chair: Jenny Henman (Yorkshire Water jenny.henman@yorkshirewater.co.uk) and Dave Mitchell, Home Builders Federation (dave.mitchell@hbf.co.uk)

  • Task and Finish Group considering the point of automatic adoption should an adoption agreement breaks down so that the sewer or lateral drain does not remain unadopted

    Chair and Deputy Chair: Greg Jones, United Utilities (greg.jones@uuplc.co.uk) and Paul Voden, Home Builders Association (Paul.Voden@kier.co.uk)

For more information please visit: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/water/sewage/sewers/

News Date: 19/02/13