- How we maintain gullies
- How do I know if it is my drain that is blocked?
- Blocked drains to private properties
- Cyclical Gully Cleansing Programme
- Report a problem
- How do I report a blocked public sewer?
Highways’ road gullies, in identified Critical Drainage Areas (CDAs) of the borough, are cleaned annually by a cleansing vehicle.
Any reported blockages of gullies, through our Our Haringey/Love Clean Streets app, officers’ regular highways inspections or by the public and Councillors, are subsequently cleaned by our highways contractor as a part of a reactive gully maintenance programme.
Generally, road gullies connect to Thames Water sewers, which are either surface water only or are combined sewers that carry surface water and foul drainage. The effectiveness of the gullies, particularly in intensive storms, is dependent upon the capacity of the Thames Water Sewers.
If your drain is blocked you will usually know because:
- Your waste water will stop going away when you flush the toilet or empty a sink/bath
- Private gullies (those outside your home, but still on your property) will overflow
- There will also probably be a smell
It is the responsibility of the owner to maintain and clear a private drain. If a private drain is blocked, the council can serve a notice on the owner giving them 48 hours to clear it.
If the drain is not cleared within 48 hours, the council will undertake the work in default. The owner will be charged the contract cost plus establishment charges of 30%.
We are working on our annual borough-wide cyclical gully cleansing programme, for completion by June 2023.
We are planning to work in the following wards - however this programme may be subject to change.
Regular cleansing allows the Council to maximize the effectiveness of the highway gullies and identify whether any other works are required to keep them running. Further works will require planning and some parking suspensions to enable these works to be carried out.
Any further works will require planning and some parking suspensions to enable the works to be carried out.
Please consider this when reporting a blocked gully.
If you report a drain or gully that may be blocked or broken using My Account, you'll be able to view the progress of your report:
If you don't require updates on progress you can report these issues to us anonymously without registering:
What happens once I have submitted the report?
We will inspect the problem within two working days and decide how urgently it needs to be fixed.
How long should it take?
Defects that are hazardous or serious will be prioritised. Hazardous defects will be repaired within 24 hours. Serious defects will be repaired within 7 days. We will aim to repair other defects that are not serious or hazardous within 28 working days, but we do not have the resources to repair every defect within that timescale and so will prioritise the more serious and potentially dangerous defects.
How will I be kept up to date?
We will contact you by email to let you know the result of the inspection and again when the repair has been completed.
Thames Water looks after the network of public sewers in the surrounding areas.
If you believe that a public sewer is blocked, please contact Thames Water on 0845 920 0800.
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