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edited 31 January 2017 at 10:54PM in Water Bills
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edited 31 January 2017 at 10:54PM in Water Bills
Hi. I need to find a link regarding who is responsible for water pipes. Usually the homeowner (me) is responsible from the edge of the pavement into the home & the water provider (Severn Trent) up to the edge of the pavement. About 2 years ago ST did some work on the pavement & I was given a card saying there was a potential leak under my drive (poured concrete drive). Speaking to a neighbour I was told as the house was over a certain age ST are responsible up to the building. Once I told ST this the potential leak disappeared. Moving forward to about Oct 16 ST fitted a new meter in the pavement and checked all was ok. Jan 17 ST leave a card saying movement in water. They checked this yesterday and the dial does move when the stop tap is turned off. They need to investigate further to see if the leak is in the pavement or under my drive. If it is under my drive I want to have the info ready. Are they responsible as they would have to dig up my whole drive & re-lay it all ?
How do I find out what year the house was built ? Thanks.

ETA I've found this which quotes houses built pre 01/10/1937. I think mine house was 1935, though there is a date of 09/04/1912 re conveyancing in the register of title. This link only talks about drains and sewers. My problem in an inward water pipe.

clearawaydrainage.co.uk/faq.html

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    With the age factor, I believe you are confusing the regulations(now outdated) for drains/sewers with the regulations for water supply.

    As far as I am aware you are responsible for the water supply pipe from the meter to your property; age of property is not a factor.

    I also believe that if the leak is under your drive, you are responsible for the cost of the repair. ST will normally do the work for payment.

    They used to do a 'one off' goodwill repair, but people are reporting on MSE that this has stopped.
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