Understanding the New Septic Tank Regulations for 2020
As of January 1st, 2020, new regulations have been introduced around discharging into surface water or watercourse(s) from septic tanks and similar wastewater systems in England and Wales. These regulations mean that septic tank owners may need to upgrade their drainage if they have a particular type of discharge process, although not all systems are affected.
Septic tanks that discharge indirectly away from a watercourse are still considered lawful, but those that use a waterway to discharge effluent directly into a stream, lake, or river, known as “Direct Discharge,” will no longer be permitted under the new regulations. The owners of these systems will be advised to upgrade their system to comply with the law. However, all sewage treatment plants with full certification are exempt from these regulations and will continue to operate within the law.
Drainage fields, which release wastewater through a series of pipes into surrounding subsoils for further treatment, are not affected by the new regulations. This method is more environmentally friendly as it does not cause pollution.
While cesspools are not affected by these particular regulations, septic tank owners should ensure that their system complies with the new regulations. If you’re unsure about whether your septic tank drainage is compliant, contact West Wales Waste today for assistance.
We understand the importance of adhering to regulations and can help you ensure that your septic tank or other wastewater system is operating within the law. Contact us today to learn more about our septic tank services and how we can help you meet your regulatory obligations.