Septic Tank FAQ

Find out more about how your system works here [Types of non-mains systems – link] and then read [Look after you new system] and see if there are any [contractors – link] in your area. Our glossary [link] will help you familiarise yourself with terms.

 

We’ve put together some examples of community Septic Tank Clubs [link]. If you would like to know more or to find out who else might be interested in your area contact [xxx]

 

The current advice from the Environment Agency is that septic tanks should be emptied once a year although this can be less frequent depending on usage and on manufacturers guidelines.See Why Look After Your System [link] to find out why its so important to empty your tank regularly.

You are limited to discharging a maximum of 2,000 litres of treated sewage per day into the ground or 5,000 litres of treated sewage per day to flowing water. If you discharge more you will need a permit. Calculate how much your system is discharging at www.gov.uk/small-sewage-rules. Environment Agency will usually firstly try to provide advice and guidance to help resolve the issue. If this is not successful further enforcement action may be taken.