Diverting, altering or abandoning a water main


If you want to divert, alter or remove water mains or apparatus on land that you have an interest in or own, we’re your team.

If you want to improve or develop that land, and the water mains or apparatus would likely stop or hinder your development, then you can request its alteration (also called diversion) or removal.

If you aren’t sure how to fill out the form or have any questions, take a read of our guidance notes here.

How much will it cost?

  • The charge for this service is £2000+VAT per application, which is to be paid at the time of making an application and is non-refundable. You can pay this using a valid credit or debit card.

Important note

  • In line with the Water Industry Act 1991, we have a duty to consider all reasonable requests for diversion.
  • However, a diversion which would mean that the water main would be unusable, inaccessible or see its performance reduced would typically be considered unreasonable.