New guidelines for the adoption of drainage assets including a wide range of SuDS components will provide clear, comprehensive guidance to facilitate the transfer of ownership and the maintenance responsibility of new sewerage assets. This will be a major overhaul of Sewers for Adoption Ed7. The revised document is due to be published on Effect 1st April 2020.
SuDS sites also received focus in the proposed changes to the guidelines. The upkeep of SuDS sites is pivotal in ensuring their continued effectiveness, and so the improved efficiency of the new adoption process guidelines has the potential to be hugely beneficial to the continued performance of future schemes.
In 2017 Ofwat challenged the sector for new standards for developer-constructed sewerage assets that then need to be transferred to a local water company. Development of the accepted proposals was led by Water UK on behalf of the sector, with input from water companies in order to aid the process and ensure a wide range of opinions and experiences would be considered when writing the guidelines.
McCloy Consulting form a key part of the team that are developing and delivering training to the Water Authorities across England in preparation for the introduction of the Standards.