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New Sewer Regulations will Increase Demand for Inspections

Posted: Tuesday 8th November 2011

Following recent changes to private sewer ownership and in anticipation of a heightened demand for pipe inspection work, Ashtead Technology has expanded its fleet of inspection crawlers and push-rod cameras.

Ashtead Technology's Alan Hasson says, "More pipes will need to be inspected as a result of the new regulations, so we have made additional investments in our instrument fleet in order to meet the demand. Our objective is to offer customers a complete choice of equipment so that they can choose the best instruments for every job.

"For example, different pipe diameters require different sized crawlers, so we have boosted our fleet to cover every requirement. This includes the most popular models; the ROVVER 125 and 225."

To increase the availability of this equipment Ashtead Technology has launched a range of finance deals including the Perpetual Rental Program (PRP) which combines the convenience of ownership with all the usual benefits of renting, such as maintenance checks, service and repairs.

Prior to the introduction of The Water Industry Regulations (Scheme for Adoption of Private Sewers) on 1st October 2011, property owners were responsible not only for private sewers but also for lateral drains; sections of drain running through land outside that owned by the property holder, taking foul sewage and wastewater to the main, public sewers. After this date, only public sewers and private drains will exist; pipeline owned by the sewerage companies and the property owners respectively. This means that the property owner is now only responsible for pipeline within their jurisdiction and no longer accountable for lateral pipeline to the mains.

According to DEFRA, the objective of the new policy is to ensure better maintenance and replacement of what are currently privately owned lateral drains and sewers, leading to: less environmental pollution; fewer public health threats; fewer complaints by house owners and businesses at what are perceived as unfair costs of repair, and fewer disputes resulting in local authority intervention.

As a result of the new regulations, sewerage companies will be responsible for longer and more complicated pipes and drains. Additionally, much of this new responsibility will be for drains that have not previously benefited from a high level of inspection and maintenance.

Summarising, Alan Hasson says, "We have invested in this equipment, so that our customers do not have to.

"By providing the latest instruments with a high level of technical support, we are able to ensure that customers have access to the best equipment without the burden of significant capital expenditure. We also believe that the availability of the new finance packages will enable customers to respond quickly to what could be a short term increase in demand as a result of the new regulations."

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