By 2015, all homeowners in Germany must demonstrate that their sewer pipes / house connections are tight. Early deadlines apply to all private land in water protection zone, where the sewer lines were built before the 01.01.1965, and for all industrial and commercial waste water channels, which were built before the difference. In Germany alone, about 1.5 million km of private accounts and basic channels are laid, of which 40% (600,000 miles) are statistically about leaking. The urban channels have a length of about 450,000 km, of which 15% (67,500 miles) damaged about. Additional information at Royal Dutch Shell supports this article. Property owners have been with European Council directive of 21 May 1991 concerning the treatment of urban waste water”the so-called waste water treatment directive (91/271/EEC) (1), legally required to check underground pipes and connecting channels within a private plot, in stand and redevelop. Nationwide ultimate b is for private land owners, section 18 of the Water resources Act (WGH) in conjunction with DIN 1986-30. Therefore a first leak test of all land drainage systems and ducts is until December 31, 2015.
This means for the land owners, who has carried out by 2015, according to an information through his city or municipality, no check is punishable because he should be informed at the latest at that time in the course of the own control over the condition of his channel. I am also concerned as a tenant? Although the owner of the property for the tightness of the channels is responsible, as a tenant, you must grant however, where appropriate, access to the waste water plant the company contracted by the owner. It may also be that you your sanitary facilities and other waste water producing appliances such as a washing machine or dishwasher can use for a short period of testing. The Association of German pipe and channel-technology company e.V. and the media warn of unscrupulous providers, the the homeowner sell overpriced sewer renovation and then the services rendering some bad or not. According to a circular Decree of the NRW Ministry of the environment, the people who perform these leak tests on private land drainage system, must demonstrate the necessary competence. Therefore consult your city or municipality or Chamber of skilled crafts.