Ridgeway Contractors specialise in the supply and installation of sewage systems and dirty water systems. With over 18 years experience we are pleased offer our clients, both commercial and domestic, specialist advice and solutions when it comes to the treatment of pumping sewerage and waste water. We also have the ability to undertake Section 50 Street Works.
2020 SEPTIC TANK RULING
If your house or business is not connected to the mains sewer, your sewage will go to one of the following:
• a septic tank – an underground tank where the solids sink to the bottom and the liquid flows out and soaks through the ground
• a small sewage treatment plant (also known as a package treatment plant) – a part-mechanical system that treats the liquid so it’s clean enough to go into a river or stream
• a cesspool (also called a cesspit) – a sealed tank that collects the sewage• a non-standard system, such as a reed bed or trench arch system
If you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water you will need to replace or upgrade your treatment system by 1 January 2020. Where properties with septic tanks that discharge directly to surface water are sold before 1 January 2020, responsibility for the replacement or upgrade of the existing treatment system should be addressed between the buyer and seller as a condition of sale. If the Environment Agency finds evidence that your septic tank discharging to a surface water is causing pollution, you will need to replace or upgrade your system earlier than 1 January 2020. You will usually have to do this within 1 year, although this will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.
You may be able to:
• connect to mains sewer – where available
• install a drainage field (also known as an infiltration system) so the septic tank can discharge to ground instead
• replace your septic tank with a small sewage treatment plant.
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