I am supplied by Anglian Water and have a lead water supply pipe.
Can I replace the pipe myself from the meter to the house or do I have
to get it connected or inspected by Anglian Water?
Also, I have heard conflicting advice about how plastic pipe (25mm) is
connected to the meter. 2 People have told me that it needs to be
sleeved with a metal pipe at the meter end. Others say it only needs an
olive. Who is right?
If the water meter is within the boundary of your property then maintenance
and repair of these pipes is your responsibility, and as far as I know you
can replace the pipe yourself although Anglian Water may want to check that
the work meets their requirements. You need to ask them about this. But if
the water meter is outside the property boundary (e.g., under the pavement)
then it, along with the water pipes outside the property boundary, are the
property of Anglian Water.
Was this burst pipe inside or outside your property boundary? By "pipe up to
the meter", do you mean the pipe from the water supply main up to the meter,
or the pipe from the water meter into your property? Obviously only approved
contractors can dig up the road or pavement.
Have a word with your water company and they may just well replace the lead
pipe for a copper or plastic one free of charge - or if not, may offer a
financial grant to do so.
My water company, Welsh Water, were doing that a few years ago as part of a
major upgrade of lead services.
With regards to your original question(s), I would suggest contacting your
water company as you can then get the correct answers 'straight out of the
horses mouth' as it were.
Im actually a Water Regs inspector that looks at this sort of thing for a
living (don`t all groan at once), although i work for Severn Trent rather
ANY pipe work on your private property is your responsability to maintain,
and yes you can replace it as required yourself. Some water companies (most
AFAIK) operate a scheme to encourage the removal of lead pipework, basically
along the lines of "you replace yours and we`ll replace ours".
As for inspections, then Anglian water will require you to complete this
work and call them to inspect - unless you use an approved contractor who is
registered with Anglian or some other water comapny, IOP, WRAS. However,
speaking as a practising plumber who does the odd one of these replacements
here and there, there isn`t a lot of brainpower involved in completing the
work yourself, just plenty of physical effort in digging. If however you
choose not to call for an inspection (as many people do) then its highly
unlikely you`ll get found out & even if you do nothing will happen.
If you choose to do it yourself then ensure that the new pipe is at least
750mm below ground (max 1350), you enter the house via a suitable duct (or a
new product called Insuduct). If you go down this route drop me an email
and i`ll go into chapter and verse.
As for connecting to the meter, i assume this is within a stoptap box in the
public footpath?, if so you CANNOT excavate the footpath to connect to it,
Mr Council man will be all over you. Use something called a `transition`
coupler and connect to the existing pipe just as it comes into your garden
where your responsability starts. There are other fittings you can use but
these offer the greatest simplicity. BES Limited sell both of them.
Best of luck
You must have had a dummy on the phone in the call centre. Responsability
starts at public highway boundary in 99.9% of cases, although there are a
couple of noted exceptions, but on your typical urban house these probably
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