Homeowners with septic tanks that discharge directly into ditches, streams, canals, rivers, surface water, drains or any other type of water course will need to replace or upgrade their drainage either when they sell their property or before 1 January 2020 whichever is sooner.
Homeowners are responsible for their choice, installation and maintenance of their wastewater system under a new code of practice introduced by the Environmental Agency. They have a legal responsibility to minimise the impact of their sewage waste if they manage it within the bounds of their property e.g. with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant (Binding Rules - England, DEFRA, January 2015).
If your current septic tank is no longer compliant, you need to take action to avoid penalty.
What Are Your Options
1. Connect to a main sewer
Connecting to a mains sewer system is the ideal option for any home owner, but is not always possible in remote areas and can be expensive.
2. Divert the discharge to a drainage field/soakaway
A drainage field allows a septic tank to discharge waste water into the ground instead of surface water or a watercourse. Whether a drainage field is feasible depends on site constraints such as ground conditions and space.
3. Install a Sewage Treatment Plant
A sewage treatment plant treats the wastewater, producing a clean and environmentally effluent which can be discharged directly to a watercourse. We have a range of Sewage Treatment Plants available to suit all applications.