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KEE News – It’s all change in 2020! What do the latest septic tank regulations mean for you?

“Septic tank regulations” – I agree it’s not an opening phrase that would make many people read on, but if you have a septic tank on your property, then you might just need to read on.

Given what goes into a septic tank, it’s understandable why the Environment Agency is keen to make sure that it stays in the tank, instead of in the local stream. So, there are a lot of rules and regulations surrounding septic tanks, from where you can put them to where and how the water can be discharged.

The latest regulations came out in 2015, and are called `General binding rules: small sewage discharge to surface water’.  It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but it’s a very important document for many property owners and worth a read.

In the past, you could discharge the separated waste water from your septic tank in one of two ways:

  1. To a drainage field or soakaway system – here, the waste water percolates through holes or slots from the pipework, into a soak away (pit filled with rubble or course stones) and then discharged into the surrounding sub-soils.
  2. To a watercourse – the waste water would flow through a sealed pipe straight to a local watercourse such as a stream or a river.

So, what’s changed?

From the 1st of January 2020, you will not be able to discharge your wastewater into a watercourse.  The reason for this is because the `quality’ of the waste water is no longer considered clean enough for our wildlife or rivers.

This isn’t an entirely a new rule as for some years now, property owners installing a new septic tanks have not been able to discharge into a watercourse.  However, if your property had an existing septic tank discharging into a watercourse, you were able to carry on unless the Environmental Agency identified that it was causing contamination.

So, if you are looking to sell your property between now and 2020 you will be required to ensure your Septic Tank meets the new regulations before you sell.

So what are the options?

There are three main ways in which you can comply with the new regulations:

  1. Connect to mains drainage system
  2.  Install a sewage treatment plant – Sewage treatment plants clean and filter the wastewater to remove harmful toxins and impurities, making the wastewater clean enough to discharge straight into a watercourse.
  3. Install a drainage field or soakaway – This will take the waste water from your septic tank, and disperse it safely into the ground without causing pollution. However, space is required as a soakaway must be located at least 5 meters away from any property and at least 6 meters away from a Public Highway.

To conclude, if you do not have the space to install a soakaway on your land and are not close enough to a mains sewage system to get connected then a Sewage Treatment Plant is your best option.

For more guidance or a quote, please contact KEE on 01296 634 500 or email sales@keeservices.com.

KEE Expert – Tankering and De-sludging Process Explained

To keep your wastewater treatment system in good order and operating efficiently, it is important to remove the accumulated ‘sludge’ from the plant on a periodical basis.

So how regularly does your plant require de-sludging?

There are two factors that require consideration before answering this question.

  • The size of your plant and the number of people it serves
  • How thoroughly the ‘de-sludging’ process is undertaken

Generally speaking a plant servicing a single house will require de-sludging once a year.
For larger units, the de-sludging schedule will depend on the inlet flow rate and the type of wastewater being treated. Your local KEE Engineer or our Customer Service Team will be able to advise you in this instance.

If your plant is not de-sludged properly when required, the silt and sediment in the bottom of the Primary Settlement Tank (PST), Final Settlement Tank (FST) and the floating crust on the top of these tanks will build up over time and cause performance issues and possible odours. Additionally incorrect de-sludging can damage the internal Baffles and Drive components resulting in expensive and unnecessary repairs.

De-sludging Process

  1. Break up the surface crust floating in Primary Settlement Tank (figure 1 and 2)  and remove the floating crust solids with the suction hose.
  2. Skim off and remove the crust floating in the FST (figure 3).
  3. Put the hose back into the Primary Settlement Tank and push it right down to the bottom of the tank. Frequently move the hose along the length of the tank to ensure all the settlement sludge is removed.

We recommend your plant is de-sludged approximately 7-10 days before your KEE Engineer is scheduled to complete a routine Maintenance Service. 

For more information or to arrange a tankering visit, please call our KEE Services team on 01296 634500 or visit our KEE Services website.

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Residential or commercial, save time and money by having KEE Services desludge and service your treatment plant.

Most of the times your wastewater treatment system will need no intervention from you to do its work. All it will require is the annual desludging and that’s when KEE Services can help.

We provide a timely, guaranteed and professional service to empty your wastewater system. But that’s not all! We also provide advice and support and can help you to keep everything working sweetly.

Waste water from sinks, baths, showers, dishwashers, washing machines and toilets are plumbed into your foul drainage system. This waste arrives at the wastewater treatment system where the solids settle to the bottom and light materials such as grease, suds etc. float to the top. For every litre that flows into the tank a litre must flow out into the drainage field below the septic tank. There is very little biological treatment within a septic tank, although modern package sewage plants do treat the effluent.

If the tank is not emptied on a regular basis solids will be washed into the drainage field and can cause blockages. These blockages are hard to remove and the most common remedy is to install a new drainage field. This can be very expensive compared to regular emptying.

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Why KEE Services Tankering?

Reasons why you should choose KEE Services to empty your Wastewater Treatment System.

  • You get a completely local service from a nationwide company
  • You speak to real people, and will get free advice and help
  • You know that the job will be done well by our highly trained and experienced engineers.
  • The work is guaranteed
  • The price we quote will be the price you pay there are no supplements, call outs or fuel surcharges.

We have been servicing, repairing and emptying wastewater treatment systems for more than 60 years.

Call 01296 634500 to arrange a visit or go to the KEE Services website for more information.

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