How to connect to the main water and DIY projects for Water, Water Pipes and Water Systems

This page includes links to all of our Water, Water Pipes and Water Systems related DIY how to projects. Browse through the below list and click on your chosen link to view the project information.

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This page includes links to all of our Water, Water Pipes and Water Systems related DIY how to projects. Browse through the below list and click on your chosen link to view the project information.

This section will give you information and guidance for all types of water related DIY project from plumbing and drainage to finding water leaks and fixing washing machines and other plumbed in appliances. There is a wide range of information here to suit all skill levels.

You responsibilities for water and sewerage pipes

Before you begin any large scale plumbing project it is worth knowing what you are responsible for and what is the responsibility of the water or sewerage company.

For Supply side Pipes

The responsibility falls to the home owner for all pipes serving a single property that are on the owners property or are on land owned by some one else. Is a pipe is serving more than one property then it is the joint responsibility of all the owners served by the pipe, whether it is on the owners of the properties or land owned by someone else.

The responsibility falls to the home owner for all pipes serving a single property that are on the owners property or are on land owned by some one else. Is a pipe is serving more than one property then it is the joint responsibility of all the owners served by the pipe, whether it is on the owners of the properties or land owned by someone else.

Water supply pipes which are the property owners responsibility

Water supply pipes which are the property owners responsibility - Source: Owfat

For Sewerage and drainage pipes

The home owners are responsible for the sewage and drain pipes up until the boundary of the property where they connect with the public sewer system. There is typically a man-hole located at this junction.

The sewage company is responsible for all other pipes and drains

Diagram showing property owners responsibilities for sewage and drainage pipes, source OFWAT

Water supply pipes which are the property owners responsibility - Source: Owfat

How to get a water or sewage connection

A domestic connection is a water connection where the water will be used for washing, cooking or sanitation (personal washing and toilets). It is deemed a non-domestic supply the connection to a domestic property is for a swimming or garden tap.

You will need to contact your local water company to arrange a connection. If you are unsure you can find out who is your local water supplier from the Owfat website.

For information about how to connect your property to the water supply there is more information on the Ofwat website.

Once you have arranged your connection the mains you will be able to start your DIY water projects. Drill down into this section to find out more about plumbing and working with water. There some great water saving tips and tricks, fantastic ideas for your bathrooms and practical advice about how to tackle all your drainage and plumbing projects.