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Welcome to Berkshire Septic Tanks

Welcome to Berkshire Septic Tanks

Berkshire Septic Tanks and Sewage Treatment Specialist

Berkshire Septic Tanks designs, supplies, installs and maintains all makes of sewage treatment plant including NON-ELECTRIC systems, septic tanks, cesspits, septic tank conversion units and pumping stations for both domestic and commercial applications.

We are experts in sewage, supplying and installing sustainable sewage treatment solutions to prevent pollution of our environment and ground waters.

Covering the whole of Berkshire and beyond including Downend, Snelsmore, Hampstead Norreys, Hermitage, Boxford, Winterbourne, Ashmore Green, Coldash, Chieveley, Beedon, Worlds End, Leckhampstead, Frilsham and beyond…

Our services and products can also be tailored for many other areas which include:

Septic Tanks

More advanced products, like Klargester SuperSeptic, offer a much higher level of effluent quality.

Drain Relining

Drain relining or non-dig technology is a proven way to repair damaged drains without excavation, giving the benefits of minimal disruption combined with the fastest and most cost-effective way to repair a damaged drain.

Septic Tank Conversion

The term “septic tank conversion unit” refers to a sewage treatment system which fits within an existing septic tank or cesspool.


If you’re building, reside in, or own property off the mains drainage network it’s crucial that you’re in the know about the changing septic tanks legislation.

In an attempt to take measures against water pollution, the Environment Agency has laid down General Binding Rules, which means that after January 2022 you will have had to upgrade or replace your septic system.

Septic tanks can contaminate groundwater supplies and surface water in lakes, streams, and rivers. Such contamination can render supplies unsuitable for drinking and cause harm to the environment, with social and economic ramifications.

The legislation of septic tanks started in 2010. Around this time, all septic tanks had to undergo registration. In 2011 the Government revised this approach and doled out a consultation in 2014.

In January 2015, new regulations were made following the consultation. Septic tank regulations 2015 dictate the way septic tanks are controlled in England, improving water quality and safeguarding the environment.

If your septic system was installed and discharging before this date, you’ve what is known as ‘existing discharge.’ If it was installed and discharging after this date, you’ve a ‘new discharge.’

New Septic Tank Regulations In 2022 Explained

Straight to the nitty-gritties, what is changing as of 1 January 2022 with regards to septic tanks?

Well, if you’re accountable for a property that has a septic tank or are buying an estate with a septic tank, you need to be conversant with the upcoming legal requirement to upgrade by 2022, which could affect you.

Please use this info to find out if you’ll be required to take action towards compliance before 1 January 2022 to avoid violating regulations and suffer an unwanted fine equating to £100,000:

Septic Tank Regulations England

A septic tank settles the solids in the wastewater and then discharges the liquid septic waste to the ground through a well designed and made drainage field – Not an Ezy drain, tunnel, soakaway crate, or soakaway pit. These are inadmissible for wastewater dispersal.

Septic tanks cannot discharge to surface water drains, rivers, canals, ditches, streams or any other type of waterway.

Under the new Environment Agency Septic Tank General Binding Rules, if you’ve a specific septic tank that discharges to surface water (river, stream, ditch, etc.) you are required to upgrade or replace your septic tank treatment system to a full sewage treatment plant by 2022, or when you sell property, if it’s prior to this date.

All septic tanks that as of today discharge into waterways must be either:

  • Replaced, using drain relining with full BS EN 12566-3 Documentation, or
  • The discharge to the waterway impeded and redirected to a drain field, designed and made according to the up-to-date British Standard BS6297 2007