By the 1st January 2020 all Septic Tanks within England and Wales that currently discharge to surface water will need to have been upgraded or replaced with a Sewage Treatment Plant.
The Environment Agency (EA) and Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) introduced new regulation changes in January 2015 stating:
“You must use a small sewage treatment plant to treat the sewage if you’re discharging to a surface water such as a river or stream. A small sewage treatment plant (also known as a package treatment plant) uses mechanical parts to treat the liquid so it’s clean enough to go into a river or stream.
Discharges from septic tanks directly to a surface water are not allowed under the general binding rules.
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, or when you sell your property if before this date.”
Full details of the regulations can be viewed here:
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
If you live in England or Wales and currently have a Septic Tank that discharges to surface water you might need to replace your tank with a Sewage Treatment Plant.
If option 1 or 2 is not possible for you, you will need to upgrade to a Sewage Treatment Plant.
I NEED TO UPGRADE TO A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
View our Harlequin CAP6 here.
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