What is 2020?

Discharges from septic tanks directly to a surface water are not allowed under the general binding rules.
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, or when you sell your property if before this date.
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.

Will my Bio-Pure Sewage Treatment Plant really run up to 5 years without requiring emptying?

Yes. A typical Sewage Treatment Plant will, but it must be remembered that the tank relies on bacteria to eat the sewage. A few simple steps will ensure your plant runs for 5 years between emptying.

Can I use household cleaning products when my Bio-Pure Sewage Treatment Plant is installed?

Yes, but the cleaning products must be used in sensible quantities, remember that the chemicals can destroy the bacteria, which is essential to enable the system to work effectively. See the page ‘Do’s and Don’ts for guidelines on using the Bio-Pure.

What is population equivalent?

In simple terms, this is usually the number of bedrooms in your property plus 2. i.e. a 3 bedroom property is classed as 5 persons and a 4 bedroom property is classed as 6 persons. Please note that this only refers to residential property. For non-residential property the population equivalent differs depending on the purpose of the property (i.e. kitchen, campsite etc). Please contact us so that we can tell you the correct size Bio-Pure that would be needed.

Do you install the Bio-Pure Sewage Treatment Plants?

Yes we do install in some areas, in other areas we work with independent contractors.

How far must the Bio-Pure be situated from the house?

Building regulations have a guideline of 7m a treatment system being at least at least 7m away from the domestic dwelling, this can be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Does the Bio-Pure meet the requirements to discharge to a water causeway?

Yes, the Bio-pure meets the Environment Agency’s requirements for discharging under the general binding rules. The Bio-Pure has been tested at a PIA Centre in Germany (EN12566-3)

What is the discharging regulations and do I need it?

Discharging from a treatment system or septic tank has certain a legal requirement from the Environment Agency.

It is now broken down into a General binding rule and a permit to discharge. Everyone should find out if they come under the general binding rules or if they require a permit to discharge.

If you have any doubts contact us and speak to one of the team who can assist you.

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