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Changes to septic tank regulations in England and Wales


If you are a homeowner or thinking of buying a house with a septic tank, the upcoming changes to the septic tank regulations might affect you. It is your responsibility to make sure you are compliant with the new septic tank regulations before 2020. With the new rules, a septic tank can no longer discharge directly into a watercourse (river, lake, stream). Indeed, a replacement or upgrade of the septic tank is required.

See below a summary of your responsibilities, the 2020 septic tank regulations in England a Wales and finally a downloadable PDF summarising the situation, the deadline, your options and what to do next.

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Steps to know

In this article, you will find answers to the general questions and steps to consider.

About the regulation

Here find details about the regulations and how it will apply.

Download summary PDF

Free download of a two pages PDF summary of the changes to septic tank regulations.