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  1. Unscrupulous Sewage Treatment Plant Manufacturers In The UK

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    Just when you thought that the morals of the UK sewage industry couldn't get any worse, this comes to light.

    A customer rang me this morning claiming that he had a visit from a leading UK sewage plant manufacturer representative who was trying to sell him a sewage treatment plant that does NOT have the EN12566-3 Certificate required for obtaining an Exemption from the Environment Agency.

    When questioned on this fact, his response was "If you fit it before the 1st of July 2013, it is not actually illegal by law and we are giving good discounts on them to clear our stocks".

    No, it is not actually illegal, but it would cost the customer an extra £800 for the Environment Agency Bespoke Permit required for non EN12566-3 plants!!! On top of this, who wants a plant that, come 01/07/2013 is not up to the UK standard??

    It is time to route out the Cowboy Traders, no matter how big the company, ROOT AND ALL!!

  2. Sewage Treatment Plant Blocked by Dumped Human Babies

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    The Harare Residents Trust (HRT) has revealed that dumped babies are blocking the inlet pipe at the Firle sewage treatment plant in Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Simbarashe Majamanda, the HRT Membership Officer compiled the report following a site visit by the public awareness steering committee on water management in Harare last year.  He  said: “Baby dumping is a common problem that results in blockages. Many dead babies are removed from the inlet works on a daily basis.”

  3. Environment Agency Blunders

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    When will the Environment Agency train their staff properly???

    Another incident today when the E.A. gave out incorrect advice.

    A client, requiring a sewage treatment plant for a cafe was advised to fit a Conder ECO10 person plant by the E.A. The cafe owner rang to order one today, but, whilst trying to ascertain if it was the correct size, we dicovered that the cafe does 150 covers per day. This requires a sewage treatment plant with a minimum size of 75 persons! Imagine if the cafe owner had contacted a builder's Merchant to order one? They would have taken his order without question and he would have bought a plant 1/7th the size required - ON THE E.A.'s ADVICE!!!

    The Environment Agency should only give CORRECT information; the public relies on it.

  4. Septic tank nightmare - with full planning permission

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    Today, once again, a telephone call from an architect wanting advice for his client on sewage treatment options for a building plot. There is no mains drainage nearby and - NO POSSIBILITY OF ANY SANITATION AT ALL.

     His client has bought the building plot, with full planning permission but with the foul water system as a reserved matter. The plot is in an Inner Groundwater Source Protection Zone, so no soakaways are allowed. This rules out septic tanks and sewage treatment plants discharging to ground. The plot is too small for a soakaway in any case.

    The plot has no watercourses or surface water drains nearby. This rules out sewage treatment plants discharging to watercourse.

    The only other option is a sealed cesspool that has no outlet. These cost the average family of 4 around £7000/year in emptying charges. The problem is that the cesspool would need to be a minimum 40,000L to conform with Building Regulations and has to be situated a minimum 7M from any building. The plot is too small to fit one in.

    In short, no sanitation is possible for this plot. What a nightmare for the poor owner and his family.

    In our opinion, the planning laws should be changed. Foul drainage should NEVER be a reserved matter as without sanitation a house is just a shed. Purchasers buy building plots with Full Planning thinking that all aspects of the build have been approved - and they should have been. This poor man now has a mortgage on a piece of land that is useless. Our hearts go out to him, his partner and their unborn baby.

    Never buy a Building Plot without full foul drainage system plans and approvals. Your new plot may well be WORTHLESS if you do.