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As of the 1st of January, it is now illegal for a Septic Tank to discharge directly to a stream, drainage ditch or river. If you have a Septic Tank that does this, you will either need to have it replaced with a Sewage Treatment Plant or move the discharge to a Drainage field. The Environment Agency are handing out heavy fines and are in the process of checking.
If you have a Septic Tank that discharges to ground you will probably also need to take action. The new rules known as the General Binding Rules which came into effect in 2015 stipulate that a Septic Tank must discharge to a Drainage Field. A Drainage Field is not a soakaway if you are unsure it is more than likely that you do not have a Drainage Field. In this instance, you have two options. Firstly, replace your soakaway or apply for a permit from the Environment Agency.
If you are looking for a new system then a Septic Tank and a Drainage Field may be an option. You should also consider a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). A STP requires a smaller Drainage Field as the effluent is already treated and has more flexible options if you do not have the space for a Drainage Field.
Please read the following blogs to get up to speed on the rules and what a Drainage Field is.
What’s the difference between a septic tank, cesspit, and a sewerage treatment plant?
Essentially a Cesspit is a single chambered vessel that collects and holds your waste and needs emptying regularly. A Septic Tank is a two-chambered tank that separates solids and liquids using gravity. The heavy waste sinks leaving the liquid at the top which passes to the second chamber. The Soakaway system or Drainage Field then receives the discharge from the second chamber. A Sewerage Treatment Plant is more sophisticated. It operates two chambers with a filter and pump between which keeps all of the nasty stuff on one side and a non-polluting clean liquid on the other. The Soakaway then receives the clean discharge which is then emitted. Basically, a sewerage treatment plant is good the others are bad for the environment.
Our Core Septic Tank Services and Information
Septic Tank Installation UK:
If you are considering having a Septic Tank installed please get in contact. We can come out and give you a free quote for your job. All of our quotes include Building Control sign off, provision of all materials and tank as well as a tidy and reinstatement of your garden.
We are based in the New Forest, Hampshire but operate throughout Hants, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Berkshire and West Sussex. We will venture further afield, just give us a call for the best value quote you will receive delivered by our expert engineers. Please go to our in-depth Installation page.
Septic Tank Problems:
Give us a call we may be able to help you over the phone. Failing that for more complicated issues we can dispatch an engineer to investigate. Please check out our Problems page as well!
Septic Tank Maintenance:
Legally you have to have your tank serviced annually and emptied to avoid any pollution. We can help you here and offer a no-fuss annual servicing plan.