August 23, 2023
Residential developments which are located sufficiently far away from public drainage systems (typically taken as 30m for each dwelling within a development), may find it difficult to make sewerage connections to dispose of foul water effluent.
In these cases, the UK Environment Agency has provided guidance on acceptable ways to discharge small sewerage to surface water under the General binding rules: small sewage discharge to a surface water.
This document explains how to meet the general binding rules if a septic tank or small sewage treatment station is planned to release wastewater to a surface water asset such as:
· Coastal waters
If your property meets all the general binding rules, The Environment Agency states that you will not need a permit to discharge small sewage wastes to surface water.
Some of the key questions to ask when planning to make such a discharge include, but are not limited to:
It is always advisable to review the latest UK Government and Environment Agency requirements prior to carrying out any discharges to surface water, to ensure that you comply with ALL of their requirements.
Article: Nnamdi Kotu-Rammopo
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