Septic Tank Regulations for England and Wales 2020

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Septic Tank Regulations for England and Wales 2020
20 April 2017

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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water#rules-for-existing-and-new-treatment-systems 
 

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.

Your options:

- Connect to mains sewer
- Install a drainage field/infiltration system
- Replace your Septic 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

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- Slim Profile
- Easy Installation
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- Inhabitants Served 1-50


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- Compact System
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- Pollutant Removal Level 96.2%
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