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Septic tank regulations are changing, does your system comply?

16th April, 2019

Under the Environment Agency General Binding Rules, if you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface watercourse you must replace or upgrade your system to a full sewage treatment plant by 1st January 2020 (or when you sell your property before this date).

From 1st January 2020 it is no longer permitted to allow your septic tank to discharge to a surface watercourse (i.e. a ditch, stream, canal, river or surface water drain) as the quality of the waste water is no longer considered clean enough to avoid pollution of the watercourse.

If your property’s septic tank discharges to a watercourse and not a drainage field (also known as an infiltration system), you must replace or upgrade your system by 1st January 2020, or before if you are selling your property.

The options available are:

  • Replace your septic tank with a small sewage treatment plant – sewage treatment plants produce a cleaner effluent which can discharge directly to a watercourse
  • Install a drainage field or infiltration system – this will take the waste water from your septic tank and disperse it safely into the ground without causing pollution
  • Connect to the mains sewer – this is only a viable option if there is a mains sewer near your property

Don’t worry – sewage experts MJ Abbott will be more than happy to provide assistance and advice to guide you through these changes.

Please call us on 01722 716361 or use the contact form to email us.

Small sewage treatment plant installed by MJ Abbott