Whilst existing water companies will still own and maintain water and sewerage networks, services including billing, handling customer queries and complaints, and meter reading will be provided by a number of different companies. For more information on this click here .
This change will have an impact on the Commercial Drainage and Water Enquiry (CommercialDW). From April 2017, this will affect the answers to the following questions:
- Is a surface water drainage charge payable?
- Who bills the property for sewerage services?
- Who bills the property for water services?
With surface water, the Enquiry will continue to indicate whether or not surface water discharges to a public sewer. Where such connections exist, a drainage charge may be applicable.
With regard to who bills a property, the existing owner should be in a position to let you know who the current retailer is. A full list of potential retailers is available here .
It also means that the current question:
What is the current basis for charging for sewerage and water services at the property?
Will be replaced by the question:
Is there a meter installed at this property?
All the other information usually contained in your CommercialDW Enquiry will remain as comprehensive as it is currently.
Notes for editors
- The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) is a membership organisation for companies or group companies who are responsible for compiling full and complete responses to the Law Society’s CON29DW Enquiry or the Commercial Drainage and Water Enquiry (CommercialDW).
- The CommercialDW provides comprehensive information regarding the water supply and sewerage assets for non-household properties.