Removing wastewater and contaminants from a property is essential for safety and hygiene, so it makes sense to call in trained professionals to install a treatment plant.
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How do I comply with the law?
There are a number of regulations in place to ensure that treatment plants are safe, and treatment plants must be registered with – and comply with standards set out by – the Environment Agency. When installing a treatment plant, trained professionals will ensure that laws are followed strictly and guidelines are met.
Where on the property will the treatment plant be installed?
As always, this depends largely on the layout of the property. Building regulations from the Environment Agency state that, for inhabited parts of a building, treatment plants should be built between seven and 10 metres away. Whether or not the treatment plant emits an odour will depend on the model chosen. Professionals will be able to give advice on which is the most suitable.
What does a treatment plant do?
A treatment plant processes waste to a much higher standard than a septic tank installation. Effluence is typically clear, and can be offloaded into a ditch or other watercourse with the prior approval of the Environment Agency.
As they usually have few or no moving parts on the inside, the requirement for maintenance is minimal.
Although standard treatment plants use gravity to force out the effluent, some properties may be angled on a hill, or in such a way that doesn’t allow for a treatment plant to rely on gravity to expel waste. In such cases, drainage experts will be in a position to advise on the best options available. Some models of treatment plant may rely on a pump to push out waste.
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