The Septic Tank Regulations You Need to Know


Septic Tank Regulations

When having a septic tank installed on your property or an existing septic tank properly maintained, it is important to follow the regulations. However, although the new regulations are coming into full force in January 2020, there has been a lot of confusion around the subject. So, we decided to put together this comprehensive and informative article on the septic tank regulations in the UK, what they mean for you, and the steps you need to take to ensure your septic tank is up to standard.


How Does Your Septic Tank Work?


You will most commonly find septic tanks in rural areas of the UK where properties cannot be easily connected to a main sewer line because of how remote they are. Therefore, the purpose of a septic tank is to treat the waste water that comes from your property in a safe and hygienic way.


Septic tanks work simply by separating the solids and liquids in your waste water. All the sewage from your home flows straight from your property into your septic tank where the heavy solids sink to the bottom of your tank, while the lighter solids float to the surface. The sludge in your septic tank is broken down by bacteria that naturally occurs in your septic tank. And over time, your septic tank will fill and eventually need emptying by a team of professionals. The waste will then be taken away by a professional to a treatment plant.


The New Septic Tank Regulations Coming January 2020


In January 2020, on the 1st of the month, the new septic tank regulations will be enforced throughout the UK. The motivation behind the new regulations is to ensure all septic tank systems are working as efficiently as environmentally-friendly as possible. Although the thought of this new regulations may be frustrating or even a little bit confusing, they will help ensure your septic tank is running hygienically, safely, and not causing any pollution to the environment.


You are Responsible for Your Septic Tank


In regard to the new regulations, one of the most important things to remember is that your septic tank is your responsibility. If your septic tank is causing any pollution the environment, through incorrect draining procedures, such as into streams or rivers, you will be liable for the environmental pollution caused. To avoid this, it is your responsibility to ensure the following:


  • Your septic tank is properly maintained

  • Your septic tank access lids are secure and in good working order

  • Any drains leading to and from the septi