Septic Tanks Regulations 2020 Change - Are you ready ?
New Septic Tank Regulations In 2020 from Blocked Drains North Wales.
There is alot of speculation and scaremungering going around about the new regulations coming into force next year to get straight to the point what is changing in 2020 with regards to septic tanks?
If you have an existing septic tank that discharges in to a watercourse, river, stream etc... you will have to either upgrade to a sewage treatment plant or install a drainage field system , because the discharge from a septic tank isn't clean enough for this kind of use and will cause pollution.
What needs to be done to comply?
If your septic tank is discharging waste to a watercourse, stream or river don't need to panic as you still have some time to find a solution through Blocked Drains North Wales, we would recommend the following options:
Replace existing septic tank for Sewage Treatment Plant that conform to the EN12566-3 then it will be allowed to discharge to a watercourse (you will still need to check to see if your watercourse is in one of the EA's Protected Zones have a look at the EA's Groundwater Source Protection Zones Map) if you need any guidance on the installation and specification of the plants please give us a call and we will provide advise, you will also need a consent to discharge or exemption in place, which we can also help with if required.
If you have the room and satisfy the results of a perculation test then you may be able to discharge to a drainage field or it is sometimes know as a soakaway instead of discharging directly to the watercourse, River or stream meaning you can keep the existing setic tank.
First you will need to carry out a percolation test,
If your percolation test are good and you can situate the Drainage Field at the required distance from the watercourse this may be a good option for you.
Should you need any additional information or assistance with the new regulations please give us a Call on 0800 316 9964.