Not everyone is on mains drainage. There are a lot of reasons why you might need a private water treatment system.

But did you know that there are different systems depending on the circumstances?

Cess pits

In tVTR-425 underground tankhe most basic form, cess pits to store untreated waste are still permissible in certain circumstances, and are basically storage tanks of a specific type, which would be emptied by a registered liquid waste contractor. We can offer a range of tanks, including GRP, suitable for this purpose which will last for many years underground or above ground. This type of tank might typically be used in industrial or agricultural installations.


Septic tanks

The well known septic tank type installations, which discharge liquid waste to the ground or to a watercourse are limited in their use since the 2015 Regulations. New installations are only permitted to discharge to the ground, and then only via a ‘drainage field’ where the waste trickles through to be biological treated by the soil bacteria. Here’s the link to the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/permits-you-need-for-septic-tanks

We still supply septic tanks where this is the preferred option.

Sewage treatment systems

Private sewage treatment systems are available in a variety of sizes. They might be needed where it is not possible to connect to the main sewer, and are the most efficient system. Effluent is treated biologically so that it is safe to discharge to the ground or a nearby watercourse. In fact it is even safe to drink!. This is the only system which is allowed to discharge to a watercourse since new regulations came in in 2015.

The Hydroclear range offers a very compact and efficient system, and should last you for over 20 years before they need replacement.

We can also supply custom products for sewage treatment, with different configurations, pumps, etc.

Pump stations

Pump stations are often used where a property is lower than, and a distance away from, the main sewer.  In these circumstances the effluent (drainage from sinks, toilets, washing machines, etc.) goes to a holding tank just below ground level, known as the wet well. This is the basis of the pump station, and the pump is controlled by liquid level. Once the level reaches a certain point, the pump works to elevate the effluent through the pipework to the main sewer, via a non-return valve.  They are available in a range of sizes to suit the property and number of people it serves.

We can offer a variety of customisations for pump stations to suit your exact situation – just email us with details or give us a call for advice on 01953 665940


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