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Drainage

Drainage

Rainwater Goods- include eaves gutters and rainwater down pipes.  These are the responsibility of the property owner.  For further advice, please contact us.

Private Drain- is a pipe serving one property.  Where the drain lies within the curtilage of the property it is the responsibility of the owner.  Where the drain lies outside the curtilage it is the responsibility of the sewerage undertaker.

Public Sewer - is a pipe usually serving at least two properties and which is maintainable by the sewerage undertaker.

Sewerage Undertaker - United Utilities Plc. http://www.unitedutilities.com

Highway Drains and Gullies– these drain surface water from the highway.  Where the highway is publicly maintainable the drainage is the responsibility of the highway authority, Lancashire County Council.  To report any problems such as highway flooding or a blocked gully, telephone 0300 1236780 or email highways@lancashire.gov.uk

What should I do if I have a blocked drain?

If the drain is blocked on your own property, you should contact your household insurers or a private drain clearing contractor. If the drain is blocked outside of your property or you believe the public sewer is blocked contact United Utilities on 08456 020406.

What can the Council do if drains are not properly maintained?

The Council has various powers to enforce the repair or clearing of private drainage systems.  Failure to carry out the required works can result in the Council arranging the work and recharging the property owners.

What if my property is not connected to a public sewer?

The drainage for the property is wholly privately maintainable by the owner or owners where the system is shared with other properties.  Such a system can include any pipe, septic tank or cess pool.

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