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Road gullies

What is a road gulley?

A road gulley is a large underground pot covered by a metal grid which is usually found at the edge of a road but they can also be found in footpaths and pedestrian areas. They are used to collect and drain rain water from the roads and footways into an underground piped system or roadside ditches.

The majority of gullies across the Borough of Walsall are connected to public sewers that carry both foul and surface water. These sewers are owned and maintained by Severn Trent Water.

Cleansing of road gullies

Walsall Council is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 36,000 road gullies on the public highway.  Subject to available budgets the Council aims to clean as many as 95% of all gullies on an annual frequency.

Gullies on private roads, parking areas, or private land are not cleaned by the Council since they are the responsibility of the land owner.

Any enquiries relating to sewage problems should be directed to Severn Trent Water who can be contacted on 0800 783 4444.  

You may also wish to visit their website which provides more detailed information relating to their drainage systems, responsibilities and flooding guidance; this can be accessed from the link below.

Gulley cleansing data

Walsall Council maintains an online record of its gulley cleaning activity on a geographic map based system which can be accessed by the general public from the link below.

Contact the Highways Maintenance team.