Septic Tank and Cesspit
Important news for householders with septic tanks
New legislation has changed the rules for properties with septic tanks.It’s important that you understand what you must do and when. Briefly, it means that:
Since January 2015, new septic tanks must not discharge directly into a watercourse.
By 1 January 2020, owners of houses with existing septic tanks have to comply with that rule too. You can do this by connecting to the main sewer network, creating a drainage field or installing a sewage treatment plant.
If you are planning to sell a property with a septic tank before the 2020 deadline, you must fit a sewage treatment plant before you sell. It’s the law.
You’ll find full details at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water