Is your septic tank affected by the latest regulations?Cotterill Civils
Did you know that you may need to replace or upgrade your septic tank? New regulations recently came into force that could affect you.
How do the regulations affect you?
These regulations state that if you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water, such as a river or a stream, you will need to replace or upgrade your treatment system by 1 January 2020, or when you sell your property if before this date.
You may even need to replace or upgrade your system earlier.
If the Environment Agency finds evidence that your septic tank is causing pollution when it discharges to a surface water, you will need to act faster. You will usually have to do this within 1 year, although this will be agreed on a case-by-case basis. To avoid this, we advise you to plan ahead.
What are my options?
If your septic tank is affected there are a few options that you can consider:
- Connect to mains sewer – where available
- Install a drainage field (also known as an infiltration system) so the septic tank can discharge to ground instead
- Replace your septic tank with a small sewage treatment plant
Our recommendation for a long term solution is to replace your septic tank with a small sewage treatment plant. A small sewage treatment plant (also known as a package treatment plant) uses mechanical parts to treat the liquid so it’s clean enough to go into a river or stream.
This is a safe, long lasting and cost effective solution. Whatever sewage treatment plant you choose though you will need to ensure it meets the right standards, it is installed properly and has the right capacity for your needs. Going forward it also needs to be regularly emptied and maintained.
Where to go for advice?
We are one of the UK’s trusted suppliers and installers of many major brands in environmental solutions, such as Kingspan, Marsh and Clearwater. We can provide you with expert advice on the different sewage treatment options available to you.
You can also visit The Environment Agency’s website for further information by clicking here.