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    Hi All

    I'm after anyones advise or experience with regards to this.

    We are in the process of preparing to demolish our old house, re-scrape the block (side of a hill) and then build new - using the hill in a much more effective way.

    We've discovered the current sewerage connection is not to the street but rather to a pipe that runs across our side neighbours property. The problem is that in looking at the levels, after we cut and shape the block our new basement slab level will be below the current level of the connection.

    In talking with a council plumbing inspector his advise was contact Urban Utilities, and have a design and build done to provide a new connection to street (cap off the current connection via the neighbours) - as he said this gives the best result - good fall (our block rises up from the street level), avoids the neighbours, flexible with the new build etc (makes sense).

    What I am concerned about is understanding what I might be in for in doing this. The distance from the base of our block to the sewerage main is 12M (not that far) but Urban utilities would need to dig the road there - and there would be fees. I've tried to obtain some pricing guidance from them and council but no one will give any indication of ball park costs.

    Has anyone experienced this? ideas of what it cost? (no one will tell me, other than Qld Urban Utilities that suggest to request a design quote, pay for the design, have a design done, then at that point they'll also quote for the connection work itself - all taking about 3-4 weeks from design quote request to design and quote for new sewerage connect build.

    (we are wanting to sign with our builder now'ish - but this snag has been on pause).

    Ta for any input, advise or shared experiences.

    Mark

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    No idea on Brisbane, but In Sydney, Sydney water must Cap off the old connection and open the new connection.

    The rest of the pipes can be done by whichever plumber wants the work.

    for something like your situation. - I would call a plumber who has no dealt with urban utilities before

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    Basically urban utilities or the BCC will cap the old one and make the new one and as Micmac said, any plumber can do the inbetween. Get ready for some big bucks mate. I have a bit of development going on around me and the cheapest connection was $ 3500. This was on dead flat ground, digging the footpath not the road and was pretty straight forward. I have no idea how much they will sting you for design but I guess it wont be cheap. I would probably budget around $ 10 - $ 15 K.

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    Hi Ringtail

    Thanks for the update; yes what you are saying seems to be what my gut says. What I find frustrating is that it's very hard to get some indication of pricing; without going through the design then quoting phase (which in it's own right has cost). I tried obtaining some price guidance but no luck!

    Did you get Urban Utilities to do the design (per their website they say either they can or a private consultant can produce a connection design?) I spoke with them on the phone and their call centre suggested submitting a request for a design quotation (no obligation or cost) to start the process. Googling shows a number of plumbers that seem to specialise in sewer connections.

    There is an option to re-tap into the line going up the neighbours property; however that requires us to dig under and reinstate their drive way (according to Urban Utilities this requires their consent even though the line is arterial to many properties that run behind us) - I'm not sure if the friendship extends that far!

    I can deal with $10k odd for a connection (it's just the first or many "unexpected" costs of the new build); I guess my first concern is ensuring that we can actually do the connection through the front (perhaps requesting a design quote will start flushing this out). (I'd hate to start the process of a new build and then hit a real road block).

    Cheers
    Mark

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