Statute dictates that a HIP compliant Water and Drainage Search is required to include the following information:
- Details on the connection status of the property;
- How the property is currently billed (whether on a metered, rated or assessed basis) and whether this is likely to change following a conveyancing to a new buyer;
- Whether a ‘build-over’ content has been issued in respect of assets underneath the property;
- Details on public water and drainage pipes within the boundaries of and within the vicinity of the property in question;
- Information on Risk of flooding due to overloaded public sewers;
- Assessment of Risk of the property receiving low water pressure or flow;
- Information on the quality of water for the area in proximity of the property;
- Clarification of the nearest Sewage Treatment Works.
Exact details of the legislation are published in Statutory Instrument 2007, no. 1667, HIP (No. 2) Regulations 2007. This is available from the government’s Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).
All of the residential water and drainage searches produced regardless of the water authority have to conform to these regulations, whether the property is required to have a HIP search or not.