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Topical Issues

The topical drainage issues outlined on the right of the page are explored over 2,000 to 2,500 words by John Booth, director of Morton-Roberts.

John is a chartered engineer with over 25 years experience mostly in drainage and sewerage matters. His career has covered a wide range of areas from outline design (including sewer system modelling), detail design, site supervision and working as part of the client's team. During this time Clients have included water companies (including seven out of the ten main water and sewerage companies), private developers and the Highways Agency. The work itself has included sewerage schemes, the design of sewers and highway drainage for new developments and the drainage elements of new trunk roads.

Transfer of Private Sewers. The government transferred the responsibility for the private sewers to the water companies on 1 October 2011. The document examines the background to and reasons for the transfer. The lack of hard evidence of the full extent and condition of the private sewerage systems is examined as is the lack of any reliable costings for the transfer.

Flood and Water Management Act, 2010. The Flood and Water Management Act received Royal Assent in April 2010 and could represent a major boost to the use of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS). The document examines the history of SUDS, the provisions of the Act and the funding of the measures outlined.

Flooding from Sewers. Flooding due to sewers tends to be on a smaller scale to that from rivers and so tends not feature on the television news and in the newspapers. The document examines the background to sewer flooding (including DG5 flooding), water company prioritisation of flooding problems and water company procedures.

Building over Sewers. Public sewers are often located under private land and in those circumstances there can be a conflict between the interests of the landowner and those of the water company. Under certain circumstances a 'building over agreement' is a way of resolving this conflict to the satisfaction of both parties.

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