Are you sure you haven't misunderstood him?
In this area you can channel surface water into a foul drain. No other
option really with being in a town centre. But in our previous
property on the edge of town we had both foul and freshwater drainage.
a problem arose when a couple of DIYers decided to put new bathrooms
in and fed the output into the freshwater drains. These go to brooks
that wend their way through local parks to the river. Summer came and
the smell of shit was the first thing that tipped off the LA. Had to
close off two parks for most of the year to clean them. I never found
out whether the culprits were made to pay for the clean up but I hope
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