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How to Keep Your Septic Tank Legal

06.05.2016  |  

Here’s what you need to do to keep your septic tank on the right side of the law.

First of all, if the septic tank you use is on someone else’s land then you need a formal agreement for your continuing use of the tank. Make sure the agreement is written down and includes who is responsible for the maintenance of the tank.


Secondly, if the tank discharges directly to a watercourse you should make plans to replace it by the end of 2019. From 2020 discharges from septic tanks to open water will be banned.


Finally, you must keep records of maintenance of the tank – this includes regular de-sludging. A reputable septic tank emptying Company will provide you with their Waste Carriers license and duty of care notes for the carriage and disposal of your waste. It’s important you keep these notes, along with any invoices for work on the tank, as you will need to prove that it has been maintained if you decide to sell your property.

Unblock Cumbria can help with all of this, from advising on agreements to planning a replacement tank and helping you to maintain your septic tank – from regular de-sludging to soak away replacement and septic tank repairs. Call today for helpful help and advice.