What is a water supply pipe and who owns it?
For most of our customers the water supply pipe is the pipe that runs from the edge of your property boundary and ends at your stop valve inside your home. A property can have an individual supply pipe, or they can have a shared supply pipe (one pipe feeding more than one property). You will often find that flats and older or terraced houses are more than likely to have their water supplied by a shared water supply pipe.
The owner of the property is responsible for the maintenance of the water supply pipe. If you are on a shared supply pipe you are jointly responsible, along with your neighbours. You are also responsible for the installation and maintenance of all plumbing inside your home.
What is a water communication pipe and who owns it?
The water communication pipe starts at the water main in your street and runs to the edge of your property boundary where it meets the stopcock and water meter, if you have one. In some cases the stopcock may be found within the boundary of your property. Your local Water Board owns the water communication pipe and it is their responsibility to maintain it, up to and including the stopcock (no matter where this is situated).
What is a stopcock and a water meter and who owns them?
A stopcock and water meter (if you have one) is found at the end of the communication pipe. The stopcock is where the Water Board would access your water supply to carry out any necessary work or checks. If you have a water meter it would also be located at this point and would measure the amount of water entering your property. The Water Board is responsible for the maintenance and repair of both the stopcock and the water meter.
What is a water main and who owns it?
The water main is the main public water supply pipe into the local area. The Water Board is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the public water main.
What is the stop valve and who owns it?
The stop valve is the control for your water supply into your property and is located within the boundary of your property, normally within your home. It allows you to switch off your water supply to your property if you are doing plumbing work or if your pipe bursts. It is usually located under a sink (normally your kitchen sink), or in a garage (wherever the mains supply enters your house). The stop valve is the responsibility of the homeowner.