Keeping up with Septic Tank Legislation

By November 8, 2018Blog

If your house or business is not connected to the mains sewer system, then your sewage is either going into a septic tank, where solids sink to the bottom of an underground tank, while any liquid will flow out and soak away through the ground, a cesspit, which is a sealed tank for collecting the sewage or you may have a small sewage treatment plant in place. This is a partly mechanical system which will allow liquid that has been sufficiently cleaned, to go into the water system. For each of these rules have been in place for some time, which include that the sewage must be domestic in nature, such as from the bathroom or toilets of the house or business, and with regard to how any of it is subsequently being released either into the ground, or if it is reaching surface water, such as rivers and streams.

Further Legislation

New legislation which was passed in 2015 is due to come into effect from 1st January 2020 which is going to affect septic tank owners whose systems currently discharge into any watercourse. The objective of the new legislation is to reduce the levels of pollution from sewage, thus helping to keep the nations waterways cleaner. All current systems which discharge into a watercourse need to upgrade urgently, as subsequent penalties can be unlimited. All systems will subsequently need to either treat the sewage and wastewater to acceptable levels or arrange to be connected directly into the main sewage system.

Waste Management

J.H. Willis and Son have been offering waste management services to domestic, agricultural and commercial clients for over 50 years, across North Wales and the North West of England, and are positioned today, to be able to take on waste disposal across the country. We are a fully licensed non-hazardous waste management firm who continually invests in our company and equipment to ensure we are always completely compliant with all health and safety standards. Working in association with the Environment Agency and Cheshire council, to continually minimise the effect waste disposal can have on our environment, J.H. Willis and Son also maintain three farms covering 1,250 acres. All waste collected is brought to our farm’s bio treatment storage lagoons, which is later used for fertilisation across our crop growing areas, reusing cleanly, a now valuable, but once highly polluting material.

Regular Service

As most septic tank owners understand, regular emptying and maintenance are the key to keeping the septic tank functioning properly, and we are the top experts in our region for emptying domestic and commercial tanks, capable of removing up to 26,000 litres at a time. When you have been in the business for more than 50 years, you understand that life doesn’t always run smoothly, and pride ourselves in being ready when a crisis occurs, to deliver you a prompt and efficient service, to help you through the normal times and the emergencies. We are always happy to provide you the benefits of our experience with the right advice to ensure that you, the customer, understands your situation, along with any repairs or remedial work you may need to take on. Whatever your needs, feel free to contact us online, or by giving us a call on (0151) 356 0351.