CLA wins septic tank review

22 October 2013

The CLA today (20 August) said its successful call for a review into the way septic tanks are registered by the Environment Agency (EA) is a major win on behalf of its members.

The Association called for a review after receiving many complaints from members who were unsure about the new requirements to register septic tanks. The EA has now agreed that small domestic sewage systems will not have to be registered during the review period although it will still accept applications.

CLA President William Worsley said: "The Environment Agency has not properly communicated the new rules, leaving thousands of householders in the dark and worried about possible fines. If no discharge is allowed some would need to spend thousands of pounds on a new system.

"We are delighted the Government has agreed a review and public consultation to try to address the serious concerns of CLA members and look forward to seeing full details about the scope of the review."

Mr Worsley added: "We are keen to see measures that reduce red tape for rural householders and assistance to help meet the costs of any changes that the law will require. The CLA will continue to work closely with Defra and the Environment Agency to find a way forward for domestic sewage discharge."