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General Binding Rules | Changes to Septic Tank Regulations

Are you compliant with the 2020 septic tank regulation changes?

Many homeowners in rural areas have septic tanks to manage waste water where no mains drainage is available. If you have a septic tank, you may be affected by the new rules introduced in 2015 and if you haven’t already upgraded your system, you may need to do this before the regulations come into effect on 1st January 2020.

Who is affected by the regulations?

Any homeowner, in England or Wales, who currently has a septic tank directly discharging into a watercourse.

What are the responsibilities for homeowners?

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 January 2015 and created General Binding Rules (GBRs) for septic tanks or small sewage treatment plants for domestic use. These rules were brought into effect to reduce the amount of pollution entering the nations watercourses from septic tanks. For this reason, the government are looking to end septic tanks discharging into local sources such as rivers and streams.

Under these new regulations, anyone who has a septic tank that still discharges into watercourses must upgrade or replace the system by 1st January 2020, or sooner if the EA (environment agency) find it to be causing a pollution issue, or you are selling the property.

What can you do to ensure you are compliant?

SCP Building Products have 30 years experience in the sewage treatment industry and can offer free assistance in choosing the right plant, we have created a handy guide on the new regulations and how to ensure you are compliant.




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