What are drains, private and public sewers?

A drain is a pipe that takes foul effluent (including toilet, washing machine and sink waste) from your premises to the public sewer, usually via a private sewer.  

A private sewer is the drain that connects a property to other drains performing similar functions.

A public sewer is generally considered to begin where two or more drains from separate premises meet.

Public sewers are the responsibility of water companies

Within West Lindsey there are two water companies.

These are:

To find out which company has responsibility please refer to your utility bill.

Alternatively, you will be able to find details on the map on the Ofwat website showing water company boundaries.