The path to an agreement under Section 104 begins with an initial flood risk assessment and takes into account drainage requirements for the entire area to ensure that local surface water sanitation and drainage systems are taken into account and not overburdened. A smooth design and submission process often means that sewers are easier to accept and that attachment to the developer can be reduced – often leading to a faster and more cost-effective construction program. For water management strategies to be successfully approved and for an agreement to be reached under Section 104, it is important to assess the needs of each site in order to provide the optimal solution. Developers in England can provide their own remediation infrastructure, but the assumption is optional. Developers may choose to “ask” their local remediation company to accept these positions (WIA 1991, s 104 (2)). A sewer acceptance agreement (in this practice note called “Section 104 Agreement”) is an agreement with the company made by the developers or, as Ofwat mentioned, “Self-Lay-Provider” (or SLPs), if the developer wants the company to assume responsibility for the remediation infrastructure they have built to become a public channel. The power of contractors to enter into such an agreement is included in WIA 1991, s 104 (as amended by the Water Act 2014). A Section 104 sewer disposal application must be made before your drainage company can begin building a new canal, so the local sanitation authority will agree to take over the newly constructed new private canal (or pumping station) as soon as the work is completed. This means that they will keep it at their own expense in the future. Sewer acceptance is the process by which sewers are entrusted to the sewerage company or designated sewerage company and maintained at the owner`s expense. To apply for the introduction of channel S104, you must specify: what information is required to apply? Obviously, the form contains the basics of the site, the developer and all other parties to the Section 104 agreement, as well as the relevant planning conditions, the number of properties, the initial occupancy date and other standard details.
The introduction of new sewer connections is currently being approached differently in England and Wales.