Don’t let your Septic Tank fester, does yours comply?

Does your septic tank comply with binding rules and regulations?

Binding rules for all UK cesspits, septic tanks and sewage treatment plants from 1st January 2020 which are enforced by the Environment Agency.

Why have binding rules?

As part of the continued effort to reduce and limit pollution, the government, in conjunction with the Environment Agency, have revised the criteria in which all cesspits, septic tanks and sewage treatment plants must comply with to avoid enforcement notices and fines.

What are the binding rules?

• No foul water to discharge to ditch or ground surface from septic tanks
• Septic tanks must have T pipes in place to avoid sewerage contamination
• All septic tanks must be registered with the Environment Agency
• Any damage to the existing septic tank itself would require a new tank to ensure it complies
• All septic tanks must be within 30 metres of a hard-standing area
• If a public sewer is within 30 metres of the property and the existing septic tank does not comply, the drainage must be diverted to the sewer system

What happens if my septic tank doesn’t comply?

Enforcement notices will be issued by the Environment Agency which can result in fines up to £150,000.

Full details can be found on the government website.

Can BlockBusters help?

BlockBusters Drainage and Plumbing Services are experts in the installation and maintenance of septic tanks including CCTV drain surveys, so are on hand to advise or help with any questions or issues you may have.

Call BlockBusters direct on 0800 136 658

BlockBusters Drainage and Plumbing Services cover East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire.

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