RULES FOR SEPTIC TANKS ARE CHANGING

RULES FOR SEPTIC TANKS ARE CHANGING WITH EFFECT FROM 01 JANUARY 2020.

If you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water you will need to replace or upgrade your treatment system by 1 January 2020. Where properties with septic tanks that discharge directly to surface water are sold before 1 January 2020, responsibility for the replacement or upgrade of the existing treatment system should be addressed between the buyer and seller as a condition of sale.

If the Environment Agency finds evidence that your septic tank discharging to a surface water is causing pollution, you will need to replace or upgrade your system earlier than 1 January 2020. You will usually have to do this within 1 year, although this will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.

You may be able to:

  • 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

Contact the Environment Agency to discuss your options.

You can apply for a permit for an existing or new discharge to a surface water from a septic tank. A permit is only granted in exceptional circumstances. Contact the Environment Agency to discuss.

If you're planning to use a septic tank conversion unit to upgrade an existing septic tank discharging to a surface water contact the Environment Agency to check it meets the required standard. You will be asked to provide evidence that it will treat to the equivalent standard as a sewage treatment plant. You will still need to apply for a permit.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT:-

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:57 by Sara Atkinson

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