This is getting me stressed.
We have a shared water main that comes up behind four terraced houses from the road and feeds in to the kitchen.
Several years ago the two middle houses opted off and connected directly to the road main. We're at the end of the run so furthest from the road.
Neighbours (nice folk) in the middle are having an extension built and in the process they've found a leaky pipe. I think their builders broke it when digging as the soil around it didn't look like it had been leaking for long. I'd also been round to view progress and it was never mentioned at that visit.
The pipe is what you'd expect an iron 1" pipe to look like after 90 years in the ground and as its so old I'm not sure if any repair will hold and my neighbour doesn't want an iffy repair under his new extension.
Second option is to rerun the pipe further round the gardens (permission granted from other neighbours) and reconnect - his builders will do. (approx £1.5-2k)
Third option is to connect to mains from road. Again, very disruptive and expensive but also has 3 month lead time which neighbour doens't want. (approx £4k)
The builder will pay to repair the pipe only, but neighbour doesn't want that for reasons above.
I'm responsible for my section of the pipe and potentially the middle two as well since they don't use it, but I didn't cause the damage.
I feel that as a result of their extension I'm being forced into some expensive waterworks which weren't needed prior to the build.
Any advice appreciated on who pays what and where I stand ...