New rules came into force in 2015 which mean you may need to upgrade your septic tank before next year. We are talking about The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014 and they came into force on 1 January 2015 creating General Binding Rules (GBRs) for septic tanks or small sewage treatment plants for domestic use.

The purpose of the new rules is to reduce the pollution from sewage found in the UK’s watercourses. The headline is that the government is calling a stop to the practice of allowing septic tanks to discharge directly into a local watercourse, such as a river or stream.

What this means is that if your septic tank discharges into a watercourse you must replace or upgrade it by 1 January 2020. Even sooner if you sell your property before the deadline or if the Environment Agency (EA) determines you are causing pollution.

Here is an easy to read summary of the new septic tank regulations and how they impact you.

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