How Does The 2020 Septic Tank Regulations Affect You?
Discharges from septic tanks, directly to a surface water drains are not allowed under the General Binding Rules issued by the Government?
Septic tanks separate the septic liquid from the sewerage-solids and then discharge the liquid effluent via a drainage field. Soakaway pits and soakaway crates should NOT be used to receive effluent from your septic tank - THIS IS NOT ALLOWED.
The new Environment Agency General Binding Rules (1 January 2015) forbids the discharge of untreated effluent into a surface water drain (including ditches, rivers, canals, streams or any other watercourse).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU HAVE A SEPTIC TANK THAT DISCHARGES TO A SURFACE WATER DRAIN.
- If you are living in a property which is not connected to mains drainage
- If you are considering selling or buying a property which is not connected to mains drainage?
If you own or intend to sell a property before the 1st January 2020, you must replace the septic tank with a packaged sewage treatment plant.
Alternatively, where possible, you can divert the discharge from your septic tank to a correctly designed drainage field.
For more information : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water