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light and dark septic tanks - anyone got experience?

 
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lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 4:07 pm    Post subject: light and dark septic tanks - anyone got experience?  Reply with quote    

My septic tank may be condemned by the local council owing to age (it's not a professionally-constructed one) but works perfectly adequately.
A friend has mentioned light and dark tanks, which might remove the need for the tank to be on a neighbour's land with access permission.
Any ideas? Mainly - how big should the soakaway be?

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
Posts: 6968

PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.breconbeacons.org/the-authority/planning/applications/before-you-apply/planning-advice-notes-1/pan15-septic-tanks

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8440
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can the council do that based just on age?

Why not get it tested to see if it still is working ok?

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't know about light & dark, but we have a klargester treatment system and discharge to a nearby watercourse with consent.

http://www.klargester.ie/products/BioDisc-BA-BD.htm

might be suitable?

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 12 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

All septic tanks are now supposed to be registered with the Council (I don't know if it is Wales only, or GB). If it fails Building Regs., that's when the fun starts (ie, it should have been put in by a professional, etc, and have a certificate). Going back to 1966, this rather lets mine out. It probably wouldn't be too important, if the thing is working satisfactorily, UNLESS the property comes up for sale. Then look out.
I was never contacted and no forms were sent. So we await with bated breath as to what happens next.
Hasn't anyone else heard of this registration? The farming press was full of it a few months back, deadline for registration end of June.
Possibly the Klargester system may be a saving grace. Except I haven't got a watercourse anywhere near - just a field! And it isn't mine.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8440
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 12 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It seems a tad unfair to apply new building regs to an old installation retrospectively.

They cant make anyone bring their windows or insulation up to latest spec unless they are putting new in anyway.


What about all those houses that were built before Planning applications were brought in?

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 12 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It does seem an unworkable bit of law. We just ignored it, as did our neighbours, who have just sold with no issue. I think Wales is ahead of the curve tho, so we will see how it pans out.

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 12 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
It does seem an unworkable bit of law. We just ignored it, as did our neighbours, who have just sold with no issue. I think Wales is ahead of the curve tho, so we will see how it pans out.



Same here Nick,never heard anymore from them.

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
Posts: 1269
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 12 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Replies from Nick and Ty Gwyn are a great comfort, I shall do nothing and hope it all goes away!! Thank you!

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