Marsh urges merchant focus on sewage treatment plants

Marsh urges merchant focus on sewage treatment plants

Marsh Industries is urging builders’ merchants to stop selling septic tanks and focus instead on small sewage treatment plants.

Marsh Industries Managing Director, Steve Boyer commented: “Selling a small water treatment plant instead of a septic tank is simply better for the customer, better for the environment, and better for a merchant’s business.”

Steve continues: “A septic tank could fail to meet final effluent standards for the water leaving the system. This means that a septic tank actually has a much more complex and costly installation process than a treatment plant. Sewage treatment plants solve this problem by mechanically treating the liquid so that it is clean enough to be discharged into surface water, rivers or ditches. This makes installation much easier on site.”

Changes in regulations are also providing opportunities for merchants to sell sewage treatment plants. From 1 January 2020 if a property has a septic tank which discharges to a watercourse, a discharge will no longer be allowed.

Marsh Industries also explains that if the septic tank is discharging directly into surface water, and nothing is done, it will breach regulations starting from 2020. It therefore advises, to stay on the right side of the legal requirement, one of the following options:

  • Connect your existing septic tank to a mains sewer (gravity or pumping)
  • Install a drainage field to connect to the outflow of your septic tank.
  • Replace your septic tank with a sewage treatment plant.

Marsh Industries will be offering services from a full technical and design team, to support merchants. The team can carry out site visits, assist with design queries and even help with getting approvals from building control if necessary.

The company also has an expert Contracts Team who can assist merchants with quotations, letters and technical queries.

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