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Will your septic tank be banned from next year?

16th December 2019

Will your septic tank be banned from next year?

As the property owner it is your responsibility to be compliant on or before 1 January 2020 or you could be subject to fines or prosecution for non-compliance. Given that the contents of a Septic tank could easily contaminate the environment, its understandable why the Environment Agency would want to make sure the contents stays in the tank, instead of floating down the local water supply. This is why there are many rules and regulations surrounding septic tanks – from where you can put them, to where the water that leaves the tank can go. Some are best practice guidelines, but others are legislation, and you could face a hefty fine or prosecution should you ignore them.

The General Binding Rules for septic tanks or small sewage treatment plants came into effect on 1 January 2015. These new rules will force some property owners to upgrade their septic tanks in order to reduce the levels of pollution in the nation’s watercourses.

Do I have to change my septic tank?

If your septic tank is located closer than 10 meters to; or discharges directly into a watercourse, river, stream etc. it will need to be upgraded. This is to ensure the ‘quality’ of the waste water is considered clean enough to flow straight into local watercourses without causing pollution.

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What are my options?

  1. Relocate my septic tank
  2. Decommission the soak away and install a cesspool
  3. Connect your property to the public sewer
  4. Install a waste filtration system

What are my next steps?

As each customer’s needs may vary Metro Rod Norwich are able to come to your home, empty your tank and make an inspection of your tank in the month of December for a reduced fee of £77 + VAT. We will also advise on any steps that may be required to replace or make your specific tank compliant under the new rules.

Call 015085 35127 to schedule your consultation.



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