Connecting to the public water supply and sewerage system

The public water supply and sewerage may be publicly or privately owned. Abstraction of water from the public water supply and directing wastewater to the public sewerage system takes place on the basis of agreement signed between the water company and the customer.

The owner or possessor of the public water supply and sewerage system must allow a registered immovable’s water system to connect to the public water supply. The connection takes place on the basis of an agreement. The new connection agreement is signed on the basis of the rules for connecting the public water supply and sewerage system. The application is presented to the water company in whose operating district the registered immovable is located.

The application must include the following:

  • Personal details;
  • Details on the ownership, size and zoning/designated purpose of the registered immovable;
  • Data on the existing and planned building, including number of storeys and intended purpose;
  • Data on the purpose and quantity of the planned water use;
  • Data on the planned quantity of wastewater and level of contamination;
  • Proposal regarding location of connection points;
  • Proposal on the term for connecting to the public water supply and sewerage system;
  • Plan of the registered immovable, showing the existing and planned buildings, technical utility networks and infrastructure.

The owner or possessor of the public water supply and sewerage system has the right to charge new subscribers a connection fee established by the local government council. The council has the right also to establish an upper limit for the connection fee. The water company ensures that customers are supplied with water as required and that wastewater is carried away. The water company is designated by decision of the local government council.

The water supply and sewerage on the registered immovable is a system for supplying the building (or other real estate) with water and for diverting water from the public water supply and diverting waste water into the public sewerage system. The registered immovable’s water supply and sewerage is not considered part of the public water supply and sewerage and the customer is responsible for keeping it in order. The owner of the registered immovable’s water supply and sewerage system must allow water meters to be installed on the registered immovable’s water supply system and to ensure that they are maintained in working order.

Compiled by: eesti.ee