West Sussex Trading Standards issues septic tank warning

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RESIDENTS with septic tanks are being warned by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service and the Environment Agency to beware of companies encouraging them to register their tank for a fee.

Pete Bradbury, West Sussex County Council member for public protection, said: “The requirement to have a registration with the Environment Agency is currently under review in England and in most cases is not necessary.

“Under some limited circumstances – for example, the tank’s contents goes into a stream where there are protected species – permits may be required and there may be a fee to pay.

“However, for the majority in this review period any registration would be voluntary and free.”

Anyone with queries about septic tanks can visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call 03708 506506.