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WWT Explains… groundwater discharges

In our latest WWT Explains guide, produced in association with Marsh, we look at groundwater discharges. New rules that outlaw discharging directly into a natural watercourse from a septic tank come into force on 1 January 2020. This guide examines the changes to the rules and options available to landowners.

The rules state that septic tanks discharging to surface water, whether a ditch, river or stream, must be upgraded or replaced with a new sewage treatment plant by 1 January 2020. The regulations are designed to reduce the level of pollution from sewage in the nation’s watercourses.


The guide covers the following topic areas:
How have the regulations on surface water discharges changed?
What are the options for site owners with a septic tank?
How do you choose which off-mains system is right for your site?
What are the practical considerations when installing a septic conversion unit?
How does the technology work?
What’s involved in maintaining off-mains drainage systems?
When is a sewage treatment plant the preferred option?
What happens when you want to decommission an off-mains drainage system?

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