19th July 2012
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A Telford solicitor is reminding local landlords, homeowners, and businesses that use septic tanks they may be left in a stink if they aren’t registered properly under a revised Environment Agency law.

Katie Gray, a commercial property expert for PCB Solicitors, has advised residents across the county that the requirement to register domestic sewage discharges from septic tanks and shared sewage treatment plants has changed, as part of the implementation of a European Union directive.

She said: “The revised regulation applies to septic tanks with a discharge of more than two cubic metres a day – the equivalent of approximately nine people sharing a single property – so it could directly affect property developers, landlords, homeowners with shared sewerage facilities, and farmers across Telford.

“It is now the sole responsibility of the occupier to ensure their tank is fully registered with the relevant authorities, and under the new rules, this registration should already have been completed by January this year. However, we’re finding many people in the county haven’t even heard about the changes, let alone actually signed up with the Environment Agency.

“Registration of a septic tank can be done online at, and is a fairly straightforward process. However if anyone would like further advice or clarification regarding the new regulations, they’re more than welcome to get in touch a member of our team.”

Although the Environment Agency does have the power to take steps against septic tank owners caught short by the rule change who have failed to comply with the registration process, official guidelines issued by the organisation outline that enforcement action will only be taken if the tank or sewage facility is likely to cause – or has already caused – contamination.

An additional review into smaller septic tanks – those with a capacity of less than two cubic metres – and whether they need to be registered in a similar fashion is currently being undertaken by the Environment Agency. Katie can be emailed at

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Katie G

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PCB Solicitors LLP are a modern law firm with a full range of legal services for both commercial and private clients. We aim to stand out from the crowd by providing consistent quality, value for money...

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