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                                                                                                                                                                  Updated 7 January, 2014 > site map > types of drainage systems > foul water                                                

Foul Drainage Systems

A system that takes foul waste only from a property or properties, foul waste being the waste water from sinks, toilets, showers, baths, dishwashers and washing machines. These systems discharge into local authority sewers, septic tanks, cess pits or treatment plants.

We separate the foul waste from storm water so that the sewage treatment plants are not unnecessarily cleaning large volumes of perfectly good rain water, and so that our existing and sometimes antiquated sewer systems are not taking on large volumes of water during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Keeping rain water out of your septic tank or packaged treatment plant will prolong the life span of your filter bed and soak-away system and you don't want your cess pit filling up or your pump in your rising main system working over time during the wetter months of the year.

All of the above goes straight out of the window when your plumber puts the outlet from your washing machine straight into a storm gully, or the storm water from your new extension has been tapped into you foul system. However the Environment Agency and local authorities are clamping down on this and strict guide lines are in force for new build projects with regard to the drainage systems used.



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