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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the common questions we’re asked about Sewage Treatment Plants and the services we offer. If you have any questions about our services please get in touch.

What is a sewage treatment plant?
A Sewage Treatment Plant is similar to a Septic Tank but because of the way it processes wastewater and sewage it results in a cleaner more environmentally friendly discharge. It’s effectively a cleaner version of a septic tank.
What are the benefits of having a sewage treatment plant?
The benefits of a sewage treatment plant include environmental benefits and reducing the risk of pollution. Cleaner discharge water which can discharge to a water coarse. Easy installation, low operation and maintenance. They are effective and reliable.
Are sewage treatment plants used domestically as well as commercially?
Yes they are. There are sewage treatment plants designed specifically for domestic properties and commercial premises.
What types of property requires a Sewage Treatment Plant?
A sewage treatment plant is required for any property not connected to mains sewage.
Do I need any planning permission or building regulations to install a STP?
Generally, Planning Permission is not required for replacing or upgrading an existing sewage treatment plant. If it is a new system at a new location then a building notice may be required, please get in touch and we can advise on the next steps.
What maintenance is involved with a STP?
A sewage treatment plant requires annual maintenance, this involves it being emptied and a service on the blower unit.
What is the cost of installing a STP?
The cost of installing a sewage treatment plant depends on the size of treatment plant and the depth etc. For a more accurate price please get in touch to discuss your specific installation.
Are there any maintenance costs?
The current cost of a service for a sewage treatment plant is £125 + VAT
Should I change my Septic Tank for a Sewage Treatment Plant?
If you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water (ditch, stream, river, etc.) then under the new 2020 Environment Agency General Binding Rules you must replace or upgrade your septic tank treatment system to a full sewage treatment plant. Click here to read about the Septic Tank Regulations 2020 and how they may affect you.
Are Sewage Treatment Plants good for the environment?
Sewage Treatment Plants are better for the environment because it has a cleaner discharge. It may also be necessary to have a sewarage treatment plant in place of a septic tank in order to comply with Environment Agency rules and guidelines.
Are there any guidelines for STP compliance purposes?
Yes there are rules and guidelines for sewage treatment plant compliance. These are binding rules which are made by the Environment Agency and are available to view online.
Will my new STP have a warranty or any form of guarantee?
Where installed by an approved installer such as Gar Construction, a sewage treatment plant has a 25 year guarantee.
Which areas do you install Sewage Treatment Plants
We install sewage treatment plants in all areas across the UK including Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.
Do you install WTE products?
Yes, we are approved installers of WTE sewage treatment plants.
Are you an approved contractor for WTE?
GAR Construction are approved installers of WTE sewage treatment plants.
How long does it take to install a Sewage Treatment Plant?
The average installation period for a sewage treatment plant is 3 days. During the installation period there is no need to move out of the property and there will be no disruption to day to day living.