Farmers and land managers have a duty to maintain the health of the environment for which they are responsible. This isn’t just about the fields, crops and grazing for livestock, it’s about making sure that onsite sewage and wastewater treatment facilities are non-polluting for waterways, wildlife and the countryside itself.
It’s not unusual for farms to be off the mains sewer system. By their very nature, farms are in remote locations, with lots of land. Without a mains sewer system, farmers need to make sure they are treating and disposing of their sewage in a way which is safe and lega..
When is a plastic bunded oil tank the right choice?
Around 1.6 million households in the UK aren’t connected to the national gas network. Generally, these households will use oil to heat their homes and water instead. This oil (usually kerosene) must be stored on your property, in a tank which adheres to the government’s oil storage regulations (Storing oil at your home or business - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Oil storage tanks can be installed outside, inside or underground.
In commercial situations, heating oil may also be used to fuel machinery and furnaces, generate electricity or gener..
Whether you are an established operator or looking to move into the campsite market for the first time, considering the right sewage treatment always has to be top of your agenda.
Most people go to a campsite, caravan park or glamping site to get away from it all. You don’t find campsites in the middle of a city. So it’s not surprising that many campsites and caravan sites aren’t on the mains sewer and need their own wastewater treatment systems.
UK holidays are more popular than ever right now, with foreign travel restricted due to Covid. An increase in campers on your site is good for ..
Whether a home, housing development, single business or business park, if a site isn’t connected to the mains sewage system, the waste from toilets, baths, sinks, showers, washing machines and dishwashers will need to drain into an alternative system.
Sewage is wastewater which has been used for a variety of purposes at home or in work, industrial or leisure activities. The wastewater contains dissolved solids, suspended solids and bacteria and other micro-organisms living in the water. On average, we all produce 135 to 180 litres of sewage a day, consisting of 99.9% liquid and less than 0...
If your home or business relies on a supply of oil for heating, it is essential that your oil storage tank is safe and fit-for-purpose. The consequences if it isn’t safe can be seriously damaging to the environment, your home and your finances.
Anyone who stores oil on their premises, whether a home, farm or business, has a duty to ensure it won’t leak. Heating oil can cause serious problems if it gets into the environment. It can pollute rivers, harm wildlife and contaminate the ground and drinking water.
As an oil tank owner, you are responsible for any environmental clean-up costs. Th..
If your home is among the five per cent of UK homes too remote to connect to the mains sewer system, you will need to invest in your own sewage treatment facility.
There are a number of options available, including cesspools and septic tanks, but sewage treatment plants are the preferred option for most homes, farms and businesses.
Sewage treatment plants, also known as package treatment plants, work by creating an environment which encourages bacteria to grow and break down the sewage.
Sewage treatment plants are clean and eco-friendly and may be your only choice if you plan to disch..
Around 1.6 million households in the UK use oil for central heating and hot water, as they aren’t connected to the national gas network. Oil (usually kerosene) is delivered to the property by an oil tanker, then stored on site in a bunded or single skin tank, ready to be transported to the boiler, where the fuel is ignited to provide the heating and hot water.
If you are wondering whether you need a bunded oil tank to store oil for your home or business, perhaps the first question to ask is – what is a bunded oil tank?
A bunded oil tank employs a double layer ‘tank within a tank’ des..
A bunded tank is essentially a tank within a tank, the idea being that if the oil tank is overfilled or splits, the oil that escapes, as a result, will be contained within the outer skin rather than spilling onto the ground and finding it’s way into the water courses. Once it gets into water or drains, the oil will leave your property and be widely dispersed, invariably leading to contamination and resulting in clean up charges which it is likely you will be liable for. The Environment Agency investigate this sort of situation very thoroughly and will trace the oil loss back to its source. In ..
So you have a smart bunded oil tank in your garden which has a 10-year warranty and is relatively maintenance-free, however, once it has been in situ for a couple of years, there are a few things that you can do to avoid any potential problems during bad weather.
Have your boiler serviced before the winter. It is part of the boiler engineer’s checklist to look over the tank, check the filter and to ensure that the isolation valve works. If there is a problem, he can let you know, and you can get an engineer out to repair it for you in plenty of time – and before everyone else has the same i..
Generally, most companies now offer a 10-year warranty with their steel tanks as well as the plastic models but unlike the plastic tanks, there is an element of maintenance that is required to keep them in top condition.
When you buy your bunded steel tank, it will usually be raised slightly on steel channel to keep the base of the tank off the ground. This is to allow the air to circulate underneath it as if the steel was put straight onto the concrete base, it would rot through in no time. This is why historically steel tanks have always been put on piers – and these piers have been reuse..