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How to check whether your septic tank is polluting a local watercourse?

At the start of 2020 new regulations for septic tanks came into force that will affect properties across England and Wales. The new legislation states that it is now illegal for a septic tank to discharge directly to surface water, such as a river, ditch or stream. But how can you tell if your septic tank is discharging to a [...]

What are the risks of not being compliant with the latest septic tank regulations?

New regulations for septic tanks in England and Wales came into force at the start of 2020 and with more than a million UK properties using an off-mains drainage system, this new legislation will have a big impact. But what are the consequences of not complying with the new legislation? Here’s what we found out… What does the new legislation state? If [...]

Are you compliant with the new septic tank regulations?

Brand new legislation for septic tanks in England and Wales came into force on January 1st, which means any household or business that does not comply now risks significant fines from the Environment Agency (EA).  With more than a million UK properties having no option but to use an off-mains drainage system to deal with their sewage waste, this new [...]

Why is it important to service your sewage treatment plant or septic tank?

Sewage treatment plants, septic tanks and cesspools cost a lot of money to install so you want to get the best return on investment. Also, as an owner of one of these systems, you have a legal duty of care to look after it. Otherwise you could risk costly problems arising in the future. Why is it important to service [...]

Guide to Brine (anti-icing solution) and its safe storage

It’s coming up to that time of year again when snow is likely to fall and our roads can become treacherous. One effective way to minimise the risk of accidents is by applying solutions, such as Brine, to roads and paths. What is Brine? Brine is a solution that combines salt, typically Sodium Chloride, and water. Brine can also be made [...]

What could go wrong with your sewage treatment solution?

Your sewage treatment system is a big investment so you want to ensure you get the right system and that it will last. Especially when you consider that the following horrors could await… 1. £100,000 fine if your system is not compliant With new rules on the way – all sewage effluent discharges are subject to Environment Agency (EA) general binding [...]

Guide to diversifying your farm business

In the volatile world of farming, in which traditional farm businesses are sensitive to input prices and extreme weather, more and more farmers are now choosing to diversify. This strategy not only helps protect farm owners incomes during turbulent farming periods but it also helps them to become more profitable. In fact, 62% of UK farms are reported to [...]

How to undertake a Trial Site Assessment Hole?

The first test that you should carry out when considering installing a septic tank or soakaway is the trial site assessment hole (TSAH). Whilst many believe they need to do a percolation test first, this is in fact pointless because if the TSAH test fails you will not be allowed to install a soakaway regardless. What is a Trial Site [...]

How to establish if you are in a groundwater source protection zone?

Looking to install a soakaway or septic tank? Then one of the things you will need to consider is how close you are to groundwater sources and whether you are in a groundwater protection zone. If you find you are within one of these zones, you may be refused the right to install. What is a groundwater protection zone? With the population [...]

Come see us at the Farm Business and Holiday Park Innovation Shows

We are delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting, once again, at this year’s Farm Business Innovation and Holiday Park Shows. Held at Birmingham’s NEC on the 6th and 7th November, this free event will provide you with invaluable ideas of how you could diversify and grow your business. With over 500 seminars, 170 speakers and 1,000 exhibitors, you will [...]

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