need to comply by January 2020

Septic Tanks - New Rules


Many of the homes in our villages have septic tanks, rather than being connected to mains drainage.  If you have a septic tank are you aware that you need to be compliant with new rules regarding discharge from septic tanks by January 2020?

Discharges from septic tanks directly to a surface water are not allowed under the 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.

If you’re discharging to a surface water, such as a river or stream, you must use a small sewage treatment plant to treat the sewage.  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.

Alternatively you may be able to install a drainage field (also known as an infiltration system) so the septic tank can discharge to ground instead.

For more information visit the government website here.

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