Do you have a soakaway? How to claim a surface water drainage rebate on your water bill

A channel drain built into a driveway
A soakaway stops allows surface water to percolate back into the earth (Image credit: Getty)

You may be eligible for a surface water drainage rebate if you have a surface water drainage system like a soakaway installed on your property. While not particularly well publicised, those of us who live in homes with rainwater drainage systems that do not feed into public drains may be paying a fee for surface water drainage in their water bill unnecessarily.

And it's not simply about avoiding overpaying on your future water bill payments — you can also backdate your claim as far back as six years with some water companies. In this guide we explain what the surface water rebate is in more detail as well as whether you might be eligible for money back and how to put in a claim.

Sam Webb

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