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Septic Tank Regulations

JD Drains

Homeowners with septic tanks that discharge directly into ditches, streams, canals, rivers, surface water, drains or any other type of water course will need to replace or upgrade their drainage either when they sell their property or as soon as possible.


JD Drains Drainage Services Septic Tank Regulations

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How much will it cost?

Septic tank emptying costs vary depending on the location, access and size of the tank. Call us on 0118 380 0173   to discuss your requirements.

Additional support is available during septic tank installation

Installing or emptying Septic Tanks in Berkshire often requires excavation. It’s important you use professional and experienced Septic Tank engineers to install or empty your sewerage systems. With many years’ experience in the repair of Septic Tanks and their Soakaways we have the expertise to deal with any issue that may arise.

Immediate Response & Planned Maintenance

We operate across the South East supporting the domestic, commercial, industrial and utilities sectors. In addition, we provide out-of-hours emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call on 0118 380 0173   to talk to one of our team. They will provide not only support but also advice and can book any of our services for you.

JD Drains are here to help when it comes to the Septic Tank Regulations

Homeowners are responsible for their choice, installation and maintenance of their wastewater system under a new code of practice introduced by the Environment Agency. They have a legal responsibility to minimise the impact of their sewage waste if they manage it within the bounds of their property e.g. with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant (Binding Rules - England, DEFRA, January 2015).

ALL septic tanks that currently ultimately discharge into watercourses will have to be either:

  • Replaced using a sewage treatment plant with full BS EN 12566-3 Certification instead, or

  • The discharge to the watercourse stopped and diverted to a drainfield, designed and constructed to the current British Standard BS6297 2007

JD Drains Drainage Services Septic Tank Regulations

What are your options when it comes to the Septic Tank Regulations?

There are 3 options available:

(1) Connect to a main sewer
(2) install a drainage field or
(3) the option JD Drains recommends which is installing a sewage treatment plant which treats the wastewater, producing a clear overflow that is environmentally friendly and suitable for discharging.

Sewage treatment plant (also known as a package treatment plant) uses mechanical parts to treat the liquid so it’s clean enough to flow into a river or stream.

Septic tank a septic tank provides a traditional solution to sewage disposal needs for domestic dwellings without access to mains drainage. Installed underground, a septic tank makes use of natural processes to treat the sewage it stores.

Drainage field (also known as a seasonal soakaway) is a system for discharging to water which allows effluent to drain into the ground when levels in the watercourse are low, and into the watercourse when groundwater levels are high

Desludging is the process of removing sediments by draining and cleaning a septic tank or sewage treatment plant. As a minimum, you should have your wastewater treatment system desludged once a year by a registered waste carrier. JD Drains have a team of Accredited Service Engineers, Contact call 0118 380 0173 for more information.

Installing Sewage Treatment Plants

When it comes to off mains drainage, you want compliance, experience and professionalism. With our sewage treatment plant installation service we can deliver all of this to homeowners living in the South of England.

Compliant Sewage Treatment Plant Installations

More often than not, sewage treatment plants are a replacement for failing septic tanks. As it is becoming common for local councils to require increasing ecological standards from septic systems, sewage treatment plants are becoming the first choice for sewage treatment thanks to their eco-friendly drainage process.

Sewage treatment plants purify the waste thoroughly, eventually emitting almost clean water. Therefore, they are a more environmentally friendly sewage treatment option, hence why they are fast becoming a preferred method of drainage.

With an experienced team of engineers, we can deliver industry leading sewage treatment plant installations so you can be assured your off mains drainage is safe, compliant and eco-friendly.

JD Drains Drainage Services Septic Tank Regulations
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