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By James Thompson, Jun 7 2019 09:04AM

Many homes in rural areas such as the North Yorkshire Moors have their waste water drainage systems pipes into a septic tank, and in some cases, several properties may be served by the same septic tank. After entering the tank, waste water is then either drained off into soakaways or drainage fields, or it is drained off into a nearby river or stream.


From 2020, the Environment Agency are introducing new septic tank regulations associated with how waste water from septic tanks is drained off, meaning waste water from old septic tanks can no longer be drained off into a watercourse as it is deemed too polluting.


If your property is served by a septic tank that drains directly into a watercourse, you may need to consider the following action;


1) Upgrade your septic tank to a water treatment plant such as those provided by Clearwater or Klargester. This will make the outflow of water cleaner, meaning you should still be able to drain it off into a watercourse. Here at PM Straw, we can arrange for a Rep to attend site and help specify the sizing of the treatment plant you may require.


2) Make changes to the drainage of your existing septic tank so it drains off into a soakaway or drainage field - not directly into a watercourse. For this method you will be required to carry out a percolation test to ensure that waste water won't seep into a nearby watercourse.


Altering the drainage, or renewing your septic tank can be a large undertaking, and here at PM Straw we can work with you, and Reps from the companies supplying the tanks, to ensure your system meets the new requirements.


Call us today or fill out the contact form on our contact page, to arrange an initial site visit for the replacement of your septic tank.


For more information about te new regulations, click here -> https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water