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Launched by The Law Society in 2002, the CON29DW Drainage and Water Enquiry is an essential part of the conveyancing process. Our CON29DW report provides the details a homebuyer needs regarding water and sewerage connections on their proposed property and protects them from unnecessary risks and potential costs in the future. The report is created from water company data, ensuring integrity and complete information. This means homeowners can rely on our CON29DW Drainage & Water Search and are not dependent on insurance for future peace of mind. The CON29DW offers full protection for homebuyers and their legal advisers against any unnecessary risk.

Product Details

The CON29DW contains 25 questions, providing all the information that has the potential to affect the value, title and enjoyment of a property.  As the data for the CON29DW comes from the Water and Sewerage Companies (who are regulated data owners), you can be sure the details are as thorough and complete as is possible. The information includes:

Key features

Why is this important?

Details of water and drainage services at the property.

Not all properties are connected – so the homebuyer may be reliant on an alternative way of disposing of sewage (eg septic tank) or have to pay costly connection fees to the water company.

Two colour maps of the property, separately displaying all known public water and sewerage assets.

Provides a clear picture for the home buyer of the proximity of assets.

The location of public water and sewerage assets in the proximity of the property including those subject to an adoption agreement (or applications for adoption).

Home buyers need to know this if they are planning an extension or other building work.  There may also be issues around allowing water company access to these mains or sewers.

Confirmation of whether any agreements or consents to build over public assets are in existence.

If no build over agreement is in place, the water company has the right to access the drain or sewer, disrupting you and your property.

Information on internal sewer flooding at the property.

Up-to-date information on whether sewers have flooded previously (due to overloading) can indicate whether there is a likely issue for the property in the future.

An analysis on the risk of receiving low water pressure together with any remedial measures.

Certain types of boilers and showers require a minimum water pressure to work.  The homeowner could also experience a sporadic water supply depending on neighbours’ usage.

The location of pumping stations within the proximity of the property.

Private pumping stations installed before July 2011 and serving two or more properties will be transferred to Water and Sewerage Company ownership on or before 1 October 2016.  This means that the Company takes on Rights of Way to access the pump, causing potential disruption when access is required for annual maintenance.

Basis for charging.

Depending on their location, some properties are billed by different Water and Sewerage Companies for their water charges and their sewerage charges.

Charges for surface water drainage.

A charge for surface water drainage is applied to your bill unless homeowners can prove to their water company that they have alternative arrangements (for example, a soakaway).

Location of any nearby sewage treatment works.

A sewage treatment works in the vicinity can cause unsavoury odours and affect a homeowner's enjoyment of the property.

 An assessment of water hardness.

This information is useful when considering hardness settings for domestic appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.

  • 25 crucial questions
  • Developed in consultation with the Law Society
  • Identifies risk
  • Complete and guaranteed information
  • Consistent approach
  • Expert interpretation
  • Regularly updated