Celebrating World Water Day



The 22nd March is World Water day - a day dedicated to raising awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water. It’s important to make sure water courses aren’t polluted to minimise any environmental impact - so how can you help?


Any form of sewage entering a water course impacts both nature and health. In the UK untreated sewage is still being dumped illegally in rivers across the country on a regular basis, this needs to stop. One way you can help stop this is by making sure your sewage is treated correctly.


Is your septic tank compliant?

New rules were brought in at the start of 2020 and affect those with a septic tank. These rules meant that if you live in England or Wales and have a septic tank that discharges directly to surface water, such as a river, ditch or stream, then you are not compliant with the new legislation. For those breaching these rules, your tank should have been replaced by 1st January 2020. If it hasn’t been replaced yet you are in breach of this legislation, and the following are your options:

  • Connect to mains sewer – where available

  • Install a drainage field (also known as an infiltration system), that is designed and made according to the up-to-date British Standard BS6297 2007, so the septic tank can discharge to the ground instead

  • Replace your septic tank with a small sewage treatment plant that meets with full BS EN 12566-3 Documentation


Are you looking after your sewage treatment plant?

It is important that you get the mechanical and electronic components of your system serviced every 6-12 months depending on usage and model by trusted professionals like us here at Cotterill Environmental.

If not serviced properly sewage treatment plants could be discharging polluted water - so it is important to maintain properly to minimise your impact on the environment and water courses.


How can we help you?

  • We can help establish whether your septic tank is compliant and if it is not, help you come up with the right solution for you.

  • Sign up to our service plan ensuring you’ll get an annual service with reminders when your service is due.

Please contact us at environmental@cotterillcivils.co.uk or call us on 0121 461 4861.


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