Under the new rules, if you have a specific septic tank that discharges to surface water (river, stream, ditch, etc.) you are required to upgrade or replace your septic tank treatment system to a full sewage treatment plant by 2020, or when you sell a property, if it's prior to this date.


Using internal mechanisms, a sewage treatment plant works by breaking down solid waste to produce a cleaner, more environmentally friendly effluent. Wastewater and sewage are supplied to the primary tank, where the solids and liquids disperse. The resulting liquor flows into the biozone chamber.

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The installation of an off mains drainage system can be a daunting prospect when you start looking into all the legal aspects. There are rules and regulations for everything from the type of tank that is appropriate for a property, to where it can be installed, where it can discharge to, and what kind of ground conditions are acceptable.

Complying with all of these regulations is of paramount importance, as failure to do so can be disastrous for the environment and leave you, the property owner, open to prosecution. Your Local Authority and/or relevant environment agency have the power to test any off-mains/private drainage system that they feel isn’t complying with the regulations and can ultimately take legal action if that is/continues to be the case.

It is therefore imperative that you ensure full understanding of, and adherence to, all the regulations that will affect your installation, and running, of a sewage treatment plant. This is the sole responsibility of the property owner and should be taken very seriously.

For this reason, reviewing the General Binding Rules should always be the starting point for any non-mains foul drainage system in England. This should govern the planning of your system and will inform whether a permit from the Environment Agency would be required.

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Every job is different and we know that customers will have concerns regarding disruption and the nature of the works that we carry out, so we will always give you as much information as we can about the work that we will do.
As much of the work that we carry out is below ground, it will usually require the use of digging equipment and some disruption to your garden or driveway. We will always look to minimise the impact wherever possible.
We will specify, supply and install the most suitable system for your property. Our engineers take great care to ensure there is a minimal amount of disruption and for this reason all installations include ground care protection.  We can carefully remove and relay turf is required and/or apply around protection mats, endeavouring to leave the property exactly the same way we found it.

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