System Selection FAQ’s
Click on the headings below to see the answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is a sewage treatment plant?
A sewage treatment plant processes waste water (from households and small businesses) before it is discharged as a safe, odourless and clear liquid into a watercourse, soakaway or reed bed system.
It is important that you use experts to maintain your sewage treatment plant. You should service and desludge your plant at least annually (and some manufacturers suggest it should be done every 6 months). Serious can service and desludge your plant at the same time, ask us for a quote here.
How does a sewage treatment plant work?
A sewage treatment plant works by creating an artificial environment to speed up the natural process of breaking down pollutants in sewage, allowing the treated liquid to safely drain into the surrounding environment, and the sludge to be periodically tankered away.
The Environment Agency and SEPA now recommend sewage treatment plants over septic tanks and cesspools as they treat waste to a higher quality. Please contact us for more infomation.
How much does a sewage treatment plant cost?
Modern sewage treatment plants are very economical to run based on an electrical supply and regular maintenance.
If your plant is costing you a lot of money every year, let us know as we might be able upgrade your plant to make it run more economically.
Why are cesspools used?
Cesspools are used only when a sewage treatment plant or septic tank can't be used (and are banned in some places).
It could be used for a tempory site, in sites where discharge isn't possible or for infrequent use e.g holidy homes or building sites.
How big is my septic tank?
Septic tanks hold between 600 and 2000 gallons of waste and is sized based on British Water Flows & Loads.
The minimum number of people a septic tank can be used for is 4 people (a 2 bedroom house).If you are considering increasing the number of people using your septic tank, let us know and we can let you know if you might need to increase the size of your septic tank or soakaway to deal with the increased amount of waste.
Given an average person uses 180 litres of water per day (which increases for commercial use e.g hospitals, hotels), increasing the number of people in your home or business without thinking of the impact on your septic tank can cause long term and expensive damage to your septic tank system.