Excerpt from The Surveyor and Municipal and County Engineer, Vol. 11: January 1 to June 25, 1897
Mr. Joseph Hall, the borough engineer of Cheltenham, has been in communication with municipal engineers in various parts of the country, with a view of ascertaining the prao tice in different towns as to Opening the highways for house drainage, water and gas mains, and water and gas services.
Drainage. - With respect to drainage, the general prao tice appears to be for the corporation workmen only to cut into the sewer, fix the junction and lay the first pipe; but in a large number of towns all house drainage between the main sewer and the private frontage is carried out by the corporation workmen, at the cost Of the owner or of the con tractor who does the remainder of the work, and no work man other than a corporation workman is permitted to break open the surface of a highway or cut into any sewer belong ing to the corporation.
The charges for laying the house drain between the front age of-the private property and the main sewer vary between the custom of Stafford, where the work is done free of charge to the owner, and Douglas, where the total cost, with 15 per cent. For establishment charges and use of tools, is charged; but in the great majority of towns the cost of labour and materials has to be repaid to the corporation. In most instances a deposit is required as security for repay ment. In some towns this is a fixed charge, as at Derby, where it is 2; in others it is a sum varying with the esti mated cost, and occasionally on such a scale as at Swansea, where it is ls. Per foot in depth per lineal yard. The most striking and original departure is in operation at Ryde, where the contractor must employ and pay one corporation workman, who sees that the work is properly performed. Where a deposit has been made it is held for six or nine months and the balance is repaid to the owner.
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