Klargester Guide to New Septic Tank Regulations
February 2021

Homeowners with septic tanks that discharge directly into ditches, streams, canals, rivers, surface water, drains or any other type of water course will need to replace or upgrade their drainage either when they sell their property or as soon as possible.
Homeowners are responsible for their choice, installation and maintenance of their wastewater system under a new code of practice introduced by the Environment Agency. They have a legal responsibility to minimise the impact of their sewage waste if they manage it within the bounds of their property e.g. with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant (Binding Rules - England, DEFRA, January 2015).

ALL septic tanks that currently ultimately discharge into watercourses will have to be either:

Replaced using a sewage treatment plant with full BS EN 12566-3 Certification instead, or

The discharge to the watercourse stopped and diverted to a drainfield, designed and constructed to the current British Standard BS6297 2007


‚ÄčImportant Update:

Under very specific ground or site conditions, reed beds and converters can occasionally be used to comply with the General Binding Rules. Kingspan Klargester's reed beds are low maintenance, easy to install, and Building Regulations-compliant.

Kingspan Klargester are here to help when it comes to the Septic Tank Regulations

What are your options when it comes to the Septic Tank Regulations?
There are 3 options available:

(1) Connect to a main sewer

(2) install a drainage field or

(3) the option Kingspan recommends which is installing a sewage treatment plant which treats the wastewater, producing a clear overflow that is environmentally friendly and suitable for discharging. The Klargester range of sewage treatment plants are fully compliant, highly efficient and economical to operate.

Call us for Free Advice
All you need to know about the septic tank January 2020 regulations, call on 01296 633033.

or visit our website for more information: https://www.kingspan.com/gb/en-gb/products/water-management/septic-tank-regulations-guide