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Sewer connections
Mains, manholes and connection points are an important component of the sewer system.   These are often located within properties at varying depths (from 0.8m to approximately 8m deep). 

All work on sewer mains, junctions and manholes is to be carried out by Council
.

Plumbers Notice of Work form
Combined Plumbers Notice of Work and Certificate of Compliance Form


Manholes
Sewer Manhole
Sewer manhole
Manholes are important access points for the maintenance of sewer mains and should be accessible at all times.  A sewer manhole lid is typically concrete, approximately 600 - 800mm diameter.

There should be no leakage from manhole lids. If leakage is noticed, please contact Council on 02 6578 7290 and an investigation will be undertaken to rectify the problem.

If you have a manhole on your property, you must not obstruct access to it:
  • Do not build anything over the manhole;
  • Do not cover the manhole with a path or driveway, or with garden soil; and
  • Do not park trailers or caravans over manholes

If you wish to change the ground level around a manhole, contact Council on 02 6578 7290 and we can arrange to raise or lower the manhole free of charge.

Sewer maintenance shaft
Sewer Maintenance Shaft
Sewer Maintenance Shaft
Sewer maintenance shafts are located on some properties in every street and they are necessary for maintenance and repair of Council's sewer mains.

If you have a sewer maintenance shaft on your property, you must not obstruct access to it:
  • Do not build anything over the sewer maintenance shaft;
  • Do not cover the sewer maintenance shaft with a path or driveway, or with garden soil; and
  • Do not park trailers or caravans over sewer maintenance shafts.

If you wish to change the ground level around a sewer maintenance shaft, contact Council on 02 6578 7290 and we can arrange to raise or lower the sewer maintenance shaft free of charge.

Residential/commercial sewer connections
A household sewer connection will appear as a small round plastic cap (newer style) or small round metal cap (old style) in a concrete surround. These need to be kept accessible at all times for sewer maintenance purposes.

These tops can generally be raised or lowered as required with work being done by a licenced plumber.

All work on sewer mains, junctions and manholes is to be carried out by Council
.

Any work that requires alteration to sewer mains, sewer junctions (including new connections), or sewer manholes will need to be quoted individually. Please complete the Sewer Service Connection Application/Quotation Form (PDF) and submit to Council.

Who is responsible?
Who is responsible
Who is responsible - Council or owner?
Council is responsible for maintenance of the wastewater service from the sewer connection point on the sewer main up to and including the sewer maintenance shaft (plumbing between the house connection and sewerage main). Council will repair or replace the sewer maintenance shaft and plumbing from the shaft to the dwelling.

All other pipework, internal drainage and stormwater is the responsibility of the owner.

If the damage has occurred to the sewer maintenance shaft, plumbing to the sewer main or the sewer main, Council may seek to recover costs of any repairs carried out.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290