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A guide to the new 2020 Septic tank rules & regulations. 

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The 2020 Septic Tank Rule changes

Okay top line on the 1st of January 2020 the Environment Agency has set a deadline. This deadline is for all Septic Tank owners who discharge to a drainage ditch, stream or watercourse. If you have a Septic Tank that currently discharges in this way you will either need to upgrade to a sewage treatment plant or change the discharge to a drainage field.

The deadline does not relate to Septic Tanks discharging to ground, soakaway or drainage ditch. I have recently seen companies saying this, it is untrue, they are trying to rip you off.

Okay so first things first before we get into the boring detail, check out our video.


I am not sure if I discharge to a drainage ditch, stream or watercourse? 

If you are not sure how or where your current system discharges to then you need to find out. Firstly speak to your neighbours as they are local experts. Secondly, have a look around the perimeter of the property is there a ditch or river, etc. If you cannot see one it is unlikely you discharge to one. 

We are happy to help so give us a call and we might be able to help over the phone. If not we can pop in if you are relatively local. Sometimes a camera survey may be required but usually not.

Buying a house with a Septic Tank 

If you are buying a house with a Septic Tank sewage treatment plant you need to get it surveyed by an expert. Obviously I am biased but seriously it could cost you a serious amount of cash if it needs replacing. Check out our survey page.  

Another company has told me I need my drainage field, soakaway or discharge to ground changing by 1st of January 2020.

Walk away these people are trying to rip you off. The General Binding Rules do state that as of the 1st of January 2015 a septic tank needs to have a drainage field. You are highly unlikely to have a drainage field as defined by the 2010 building regulations H2. That much is true, along with 90% of septic tank owners. However, the EA has not included this in their 1st of January 2020 rules. 

At present, I am trying to get some clarity on this element from the Environment Agency. I will update once we have some guidance.

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We have a large collection of articles containing the answer to all of your questions. Check out our Blog Page 


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On the 1st January 2020, all Septic Tanks that discharge to a Stream, Watercourse or Drainage Ditch will become illegal and will require replacing with a Sewage Treatment Plant. Please see here for more details.

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Expert wastewater treatment engineers who specialise in Septic Tank and Soakaway replacements as well as Sewage Treatment Installations. We are based in the New Forest, Hampshire but operate across the South Coast as well as Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire.

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Based in the New Forest, Hampshire on the border with Dorset and Wiltshire we operate an expert team of off-mains drainage specialists. This encompasses Septic Tank, Soakaway and drainage system problems, installations, blockages, and servicing. In addition, any issues relating to cesspits and sewage treatment plants.

Homeseptic offers high quality, professional advice, repairs and installation for all aspects of effluent cleansing and disposal across the south of England. Whether you’re looking for septic tank installation, sewerage treatment plants or systems, piping or soakaway solutions, Homeseptic employs only the most competent engineers in the drainage and treatment industry and knows exactly which solutions suit each property.

We only install and offer quality systems we believe in, from suppliers we know and trust.

New Forest Philosophy

As we have said Homeseptic is based in the New Forest. A great location in between the cities of Southampton, Salisbury and Bournemouth. We are a group of good friends who grew up together in the area.  Individually we all have grown tired of the way other Drainage firms are run. As a result, this is why we set up Homeseptic. If you want to know more please check out our About Page

We want to actually put the customer first and turn up to do a great job that we can be proud of. Unfortunately, this is not the case in the market, with most companies pressuring their workers to sell unnecessary works on a visit. Due to this, we offer upfront quotations with any variations discussed before we start work.

We are honest hard working professionals, which we hope you will agree with. As a result, it will certainly not turn up in flash sales vehicles and give you a load of chat and then do a terrible job. Our team will come with the job in mind and the aim of giving you the best value we can in order to facilitate a quality installation. 

We cover all of Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Please get in touch and see what you think.

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