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Drainage and flooding

Highway drainage is designed to:

  • remove surface water to help keep roads safe
  • prevent water damage and prolong the life of the road network
  • minimise surface water runoff affecting adjacent properties

Walsall Council is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 36,000 road gullies on the public highway. These are large underground pots covered with a metal grid. They are usually found at the edge of the road and are used to collect and drain rainwater.

Gully (road drain) cleansing

Subject to available budgets, the Council aims to clean as many as 95% of all gullies every 12 months.

You can find out more about when we last cleaned the drains near you by checking our online gulley cleansing records: Walsall Council gulley cleansing records.

Most of the Walsall’s highway drainage is connected to public sewers that carry both foul and surface water. These sewers are owned and maintained by Severn Trent Water.

Any enquiries relating to sewage problems should be directed to Severn Trent Water.

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

Keeping our drainage system working

It is important that we keep the highway drainage system working effectively. You can help us do this by ensuring that you do not drop litter in the street or tip waste such as concrete or oil down the drains. This can block the pipes and adjoining sewer and may even contaminate nearby waterways and land.

Report a problem

You can report non-urgent highway issues online using our web form.

If you are concerned about an urgent highway safety issue, contact the council switchboard.

Please ensure that you know the exact location and type of defect to help us provide a speedy response.