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Whatever the style of your home or commercial building, whether it’s a fully-fledged eco house or a straightforward domestic property, you will need a mains water connection.. The question of where these services come from and how much they cost is a consideration for everyone.
If you are considering a mains water connection, it is important to note that the regulations covering new connections are not the same across England and Wales. In this article, we will be focusing primarily on the cost of getting a water supply connection in England.
It is important to note that mains water service connection charges are payable for each individual service connection made. Therefore, costs can vary significantly, depending on the type of work you’re having carried out. However, the cost of most mains water connections start at around £500.
To make a water connection, a service pipe will be laid in the street from your property’s boundary to the closest water main. If there is no water main near your property, a new water main may need to be constructed or the existing water main may need to be extended.
If you are getting a new water connection, it’s important to be aware of how much water companies charge – what’s normal and what isn’t. Every water company is required to publish all of their water connection costs on their website. The costs that a water company can reasonably charge for include:
If you are unhappy with the amount your water company has charged you for a new water main connection, you can complain directly to the water company. Every company has a process whereby they review any complaints made to them regarding their costs. If this does not help, you can contact the Consumer Council for Water to review your complaint. Although the Consumer Council for Water has no formal responsibility to review charges, they can help challenge companies to review their charges where appropriate.
If you need water sent into your property, you will need to apply for a new water connection. If you are planning to build new homes on a development site, you will need a water main to be installed so that clean water can be pumped to the properties. It is common for a new replacement water supply to be requested when:
It is the responsibility of the land owner, or someone with significant interest in the land, who needs to apply for a new mains water connection. Therefore, it is the applicant’s responsibility to organise the content in the application form and sign the declaration at the end of the form.
If you need a new water supply connection, it is important to decide for yourself who will provide it. Laying a new water main connection can be carried out by any of the following:
If you are buying a rural plot of land that has no history of housing then you may find that connecting to a water main is going to be expensive. If this space is based on a brownfield site (an area that has been built on the past, but not for residential use), any historic water supplies may be unreliable as the water is likely to be pumped through lead or corroded steel pipes, neither of which are good options for drinking water.
If you are replacing an existing property on the land, then you will need to investigate what type of water supply is in place. Due to increasing demand for water in domestic and commercial properties, we are increasingly reliant on good water pressure, so it’s important to remember that old houses may have pipework that needs upgrading.
It is important to gather the following information before getting in touch with your local water authority because it will make everything so much easier for you:
There are many reasons why homeowners may need a new mains water connection, such as:
Whatever your reason for needing a new mains water connection, whether it’s listed above or not, a new connection is essential for a clean supply of water to your property.
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Do you need a mains water connection? Call our team today. We have a team of experts available to answer your questions and advise you on the type of mains water connection that would be best for your property. And if you need a new watermain installed or drainage pipes repaired or replaced, we provide a watermain repair service to get everything working for you. Call us today to find out more