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Septic tanks

If you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water outfall, you will need to replace or upgrade your treatment system by 1 January 2020, or when you sell your property if before this date.

If the Environment Agency finds evidence that your septic tank is discharging to a surface water outfall which is causing pollution, you will need to replace or upgrade your system earlier than 1 January 2020. You will usually have to do this within 1 year, although this will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.

Find out more about septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants.

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