What do the changes mean for you and your clients?
The content of the Law Society's CON29DW is being updated to reflect changes to legislation impacting the Water Industry. Geodesys are also updating the COMMERCIALDW and COMMERCIALDW Plus searches.
The updated CON29DW and COMMERCIALDW is being launched by Geodesys on 16 May 2016. As well as the content changes, the team are also pleased to announce that all Geodesys plans contained within the CON29DW and COMMERCIALDW will now be in colour with enhanced quality.
The updated CON29DW will be implemented by all Water & Sewerage companies over the coming month with a view to all members using the updated form by the 4 July 2016 when the Law Society launch their revised CON29 and CON29O forms.
Here's a bit more information on the content changes to both Geodesys products:
Inclusion of details on private pumping stations
(Questions 2.4.1 and 2.5.1 in CON29DW / Questions 6.1 and 7.1 in COMMERCIALDW)
The updated searches will include two new questions on the location of pumping stations.
|CON29DW||COMMERCIALDW||New question detail|
|Q 2.4.1||Q 6.1||Provides details of any public pumping stations within the boundary of a property|
|Q 2.5.1||Q 7.1||Provides details of any pumping stations within 50 metres of the property|
This is because private pumping stations installed before July 2011 and serving two or more properties will be transferred to Water and Sewerage Company ownership on or before 1 October 2016. This means that the Company will also take on Rights of Way to access the pump for maintenance. The main issue for your client is one of potential disruption when access is required. This will have slightly different implications for the property owner depending on the location and number of properties served by the pump.
Impact of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) on newly adopted sewerage networks
(Question 2.2 guidance note in CON29DW / Question 4 guidance note in COMMERCIALDW)
Further information about Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be added to the surface water guidance notes as follows: "If the property was constructed after 6 April 2015, the surface water drainage may be served by a sustainable drainage system. Further information may be available from the developer or question 3.3 of the Local Authority's CON29 from 4 July 2016."
Drainage adoption agreements
(Question 2.6 in CON29DW / Question 8 in COMMERCIALDW)
The response to these questions will be split to distinguish between adoption agreements for foul water and surface sewers. The response will now be along the lines of the following:
"Records indicate that in relation to foul sewers and / or lateral drains serving the development, of which the property forms part, an adoption agreement exists which is subject to a bond waiver. The maintenance period has commenced.
The surface water sewer(s) and / or surface water lateral drain(s) are not the subject of an adoption agreement and it is recommended that responsibility for maintenance of these is checked with the developer as this may be due to a sustainable drainage system."
If not adopted by the Water and Sewerage Company, the SuDS may be maintained by a maintenance company on behalf of the owner (eg developer, housing association). In these cases the property owner may be liable to a service charge to cover this maintenance.
Replacement of water quality information with water hardness
(Question 3.5 in CON29DW / Question 16 in COMMERCIALDW)
The question on water quality is being replaced by a question on water hardness. The new response provides the level of calcium in the water (milligrams of calcium per litre), and a description of whether this is considered "very hard", "hard" or "soft". It also provides information on other hardness indices used when considering hardness settings for domestic appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.
Please note that water quality information can still be found on the water company websites. Anglian Water customer can use this useful postcode tool to check water quality in their area.
Other changes to both searches as below
|Q 2.8||Q 10||Slight change to question wording to guide you and your client on the definition of 'building' in the response to the risk of internal sewer flooding at the property.|
|Q 3.6||Q 17||Renumbered questions.|
|Q 4.1||Q 19||Response split into two to reflect water provider and water recycling (drainage) provider.|
If you have any questions about these changes or any aspects of the drainage and water reports, please call Geodesys customer services on 0800 085 8050.