Private drains and sewers
Responsibility for private sewer defects and blockages lies with the owners/occupiers of properties draining into the sewer upstream of any defect or blockage. Your local council may be able to help you find out which sewers are privately owned.
If you are partially or solely responsible for maintaining drains and sewers you may be covered by your housing insurance for any damage.
Sewers are either publicly or privately maintained. If they are publicly maintained, Severn Trent Water is responsible for repairs and maintenance.
To find out more information please visit the Severn Trent Water website.
Preventing a blocked drain
Drains and sewers can become blocked or damaged for a number of reasons including flushing away unsuitable items and damage caused by trees and other plants.
If your drain becomes blocked you usually know because your waste stops going away when you flush the toilet; man-holes and gullies may also start to overflow.
Telford & Wrekin Council are responsible for:
- Highway drainage, which includes the road gullies and associated pipework
- Land drainage systems such as ditches, culverts and land drains but only on Council owned land.
We are not responsible for the drains serving properties. These drains are generally private. If you have a problem with private drains you would normally need to contact a reputable builder or specialist drainage service. Some property drains may be the responsibility of the Wrekin Housing Trust.
We are not responsible for the main sewers which are generally located in the road. These are maintained by Severn Trent Water.