Sewage treatment plant installations

If you own a septic tank and are conscious about the impact it may be having on the environment, then it’s time to consider your sewage treatment plant installations options. These plants are buried underground and out of sight just like a septic tank. However, they have the advantage that they process the waste meaning that it can be released into the waterways safely. Here, we go through some of their benefits when planning an upgrade.

What is a sewage treatment plant?

There is one key difference between a septic tank and a sewage treatment plant. The sewage treatment plant works to convert your wastewater into clean water which can be released back into waterways directly. It does this by creating a suitable environment for waste-degrading bacteria to flourish.

Sewage treatment plants require a constant source of power to work, whereas a septic tank does not. This means it does have higher running costs. However, most plants these days use minimal levels of power. They usually only need the amount of power required to run a lightbulb.

The installation of a sewage treatment plant in a home garden.

Why should I get a sewage treatment plant?

When weighing up your options between a sewage treatment plant and a septic tank, your first consideration may be cost. You will quickly see that a plant is more expensive to buy and install than a septic tank. That’s because septic tanks don’t need power to work, and tend to be smaller. But do keep in mind that septic tanks need to be emptied maybe twice a year, whilst a plant needs only an annual service and empty. This can help towards long-term savings which add up. If you are looking for a sewage treatment plant for a small community where costs can be shared this could be a sustainable option.

However, the benefits of a sewage treatment plant over a septic tank are that they are more environmentally friendly. This is because they only discharge clean water. As such, they do not require a soakaway system. So if you live in an area that doesn’t have porous ground (and so you can’t install a tank) then a plant is exactly what you need. Finally, we only install concrete sewage treatment plants. That’s because we believe they last longer, giving you better value for money. 

How large a plant do I need?

There is guidance available about the size of tanks you need. You need to consider the size of your property and how many people will be using water. Also keep in mind if you are planning on growing your family, extending your building or selling in the near future.

We can help advise you on this, but we do always recommend oversizing your plant. This makes sure your property is future-proofed and you don’t have to excavate it and put in a bigger one if your plans change. 

There are many regulations regarding the installation of a sewage treatment plant in Scotland. Read more about Scottish regulations here.

A digger, digging a hole in the ground.

Sewage treatment plant installations throughout Scotland

If you would like to find out more about installing a sewage treatment plant, then give us a call or drop us an email. We offer our professional services throughout Scotland and have many years of experience in excavating and installing sewage treatment plants.