the new 2020 septic tank rules in Oxford, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Hants, Surrey, Sussex & Kent

2020 Septic Tank Regulation Changes

Septic system existing discharges are no longer considered safe and the Environment Agency requires that these septic systems must be replaced with a new, compliant system before 2020

What do the changes mean and what problems could it cause for you?

The ‘General Binding Rules: Small Sewage Discharge To A Surface Water’ are a new set of septic tank regulations introduced in 2015. Essentially, these rules prevent the discharge of septic tank waste directly to surface water such as rivers and streams.

What Do These Regulations Mean For Septic Tank Owners?

If your septic tank was installed and discharging on, or after, 1st January 2015 it must comply with the ‘General Binding Rules’ by discharging to a drainage field. This is called a ‘new discharge’ and no action need be taken.

However, if your septic system was discharging prior to the regulations on 31st December 2014 you have an ‘existing discharge’. ‘Existing discharges’ are no longer considered safe and the Environment Agency requires that these septic systems must be replaced with a new, compliant system before 2020. If you are selling your home the ‘General Binding Rules’ state that you must replace your system with a compliant one before selling your property. 

Alternatively, if your septic system is causing pollution or poses a serious risk to human or environmental health, the Environment Agency will ask you to replace or upgrade your septic tank before 2020 and within one year of being notified.

How To Comply With New Septic Tank Regulations?

If you are unsure whether your septic tank has a new or existing discharge, contact Proseptic or the Environment Agency who will be able to inform you if your system is compliant. If necessary, following this initial inspection, there are many options available.

In most cases you will be able to comply with legislation by:

  • Connecting to a mains sewer, if available.
  • Installing a drainage field so that the septic system can discharge to the ground instead.
  • Replacing your septic tank with a small sewage treatment plant.

 

Proseptic and General Binding Rules

Proseptic can help you to be 100% complaint, our team have been legally installing septic tanks with ‘new discharges’ since the General Binding Rules came into place. We understand how potentially overwhelming and complicated the new legislation can appear. Therefore, we aim to reduce any anxiety over this and are happy to help our clients understand and comply with new regulations.

The Proseptic team can:

  • Carry out a survey of your sewage treatment system to identify any compliance or safety issues.
  • Offer professional, impartial advice on the best possible measures to help you comply with the General Binding Rules.
  • Provide estimated costs of any action required to help you operate a legal septic tank.

2020 may seem a long way off, however, it is important to prepare for this regulation sooner rather than later. Contact our team today to ensure you remain complaint with new legislation.

Read more about the General Binding Rules here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water

For the new 2020 septic tank rules, call 0800 505 3230 or email [email protected]

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