An access pit (manhole) is the point within an easement that a maintenance worker will use to enter sewerage or drainage infrastructure

To identify access pits on your property, we recommend:

  • contacting Dial Before You Dig to enquire whether there are any pits on your property
  • performing a visual inspection of the area
  • engaging a suitably qualified plumber to locate pits that are not currently visible.

Property owners must ensure that the access pit has not been landscaped or built over.

See the Water Act 1989, section 148: ‘No structure can be built or any filling placed within one metre laterally of any works of the Relevant Authority without permission from the Relevant Authority.’

Find out more about keeping access pits clear.

Email Asset Management for more detailed information about how access pits are located.

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