Septic Tank Installations

Are you January 2020 Compliant?

Are you a homeowner with a Septic Tank?

Are you up-to-date with the new 2020 Septic Tank Regulations?

As of 1st January 2020, septic tanks are no longer allowed to discharge to a watercourse, or to a soakaway system other than a drainage field. Make sure you are ready for the new regulations; read through our information on the new regulations and see our suggested contractors to carry out any septic tank installation, replacement or drainage field groundworks.

  1. Septic Tank Regulations Pre-2020
  2. Why have the septic tank regulations changed?
  3. Septic Tank options
  4. I’m buying or selling a house with a septic tank
  5. Who can I trust to make my Septic Tank compliant for 2020?

Septic Tank Regulations Pre-2020

Previously, septic tank systems were able to discharge the separated waste water from within the septic tank through one of two ways:

  1. The tank could be drained off through a soakaway drainage field whereby the waste waters seeps through holes or slots into pipework which then feed into surrounding sub-soils to expel waste. This method allowed some treatment of the waste water and water reaching the watercourse was not causing pollution.
  2. The tank could be drained directly to a watercourse such as a stream or river. The waste water would flow through a sealed pipe from the tank directly to the watercourse.

Why have the septic tank regulations changed?

The Environment Agency is committed to reducing the possibility for septic tank systems to pollute local watercourses including streams, rivers and seas. The latest regulations were published by the Environment Agency in 2015: General binding rules: small sewage discharge to a surface water. These regulations make it clear that polluting the environment through the incorrect installation and function of a septic tank is an offence.

Septic Tank options

If you currently have a septic tank installed which is discharging waste directly to a watercourse then you must take action immediately to ratify this. The Environment Agency advice that you take one of the following actions:

  • Connect your septic tank to a mains sewer
  • 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

Be aware: Septic Tank Converters are NOT compliant
As part of the General Binding Rules the Environment Agency clearly state that “You cannot use a septic tank conversion unit or a reedbed for discharging effluent to a watercourse”.

I’m buying or selling a house with a septic tank

If you are buying a house after 1st January 2020 which includes a septic tank, you should ensure that the seller has made the lawfully required changes to their septic tank system to ensure it meets the new regulations. If this has not been carried out you should ensure it is completed prior to the sale of the property and carried out be professional contractors who are competent in the installation and replacement of septic tank systems.

If you are planning to sell a property following 1st January 2020 then you must have made the required changes to your septic tank to ensure the discharge of waste is not being made to a watercourse that could cause pollution. Before you intend to sell, speak with a competent advisor who can advise on your needs and how best to proceed. Furthermore, you must fully inform the new operator (the owner or the person responsible for the sewage treatment plant) in writing that a swage discharge is in place. You can find more information regarding this on the government website.

Who can I trust to make my Septic Tank compliant for 2020?

“Your treatment system must meet the British Standard”, for that reason we feel it is very important to ensure that competent and experienced contractors are appointed to support homeowners in installing, replacing or improving the current septic tank or waste treatment system to make it compliant with the regulations and British Standards. DGS Limited are committed to providing an expert service with expert advice and guidance on the installation or replacement processes. We come with a wealth of knowledge and pride ourselves on our workmanship. We are highly recommended and can supply references from previous customers on request. 

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Drainage & Groundwork Services Limited is made up of a team of experienced, qualified and certified professionals; all of which have had many years of experience within the industry and developed a broad range of knowledge and skills. 

Our experience comes with a wealth of knowledge and all of the latest equipment needed to be efficient and cost effective so that we can pass these saving on to our customers.

We are committed to supporting homeowners with their septic tank installation, replacement or maintenance and bring with us expertise and experience within this groundworks sector.

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