Cesspools, Septic Tanks & Sewage Treatment Plants
For information on cesspools and septic tanks, please visit the GOV.UK septic tanks page..
Breckland Council do not offer a service for emptying septic tanks or cesspools, but we may take action where these cause a statutory nuisance.
Drains & Sewers
A drain is normally a pipe carrying off liquid waste from a single building. The maintenance and repair of private drains are the responsibility of the householder/landowner.
A sewer is normally a large pipe, usually underground, that is used for carrying waste water and human waste away from more than one property - blockages or damage to private and public sewers should be reported to Anglian Water Services.
Overflows from drains, a cesspool or septic tank which cause a statutory nuisance can be investigated by Breckland Council. To report a problem please complete ouronline form or contact the council on 01362 656870.
On private land rainwater gullies are the responsibility of the owner or occupier.
Last updated: 15/02/2021 07:29:55