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Dirty water from your home could be draining into the wrong sewer, causing pollution to rivers and beaches.
If your home was built after 1920, it is likely your property has two separate drains: a foul sewer and a surface water sewer.
A misconnection happens when foul water drainage, such as a washing machine, is connected to the surface water drain.
As the homeowner, you are responsible for correcting any misconnections. Failure to do so could result in prosecution.
To spot a possible misconnection look out for the following:
Connect Right contains guidance on how you can check whether your home plumbing is connected properly and if it is not, what you can do to rectify the issue.
You may need a plumber to check and correct the misconnection for you.