In October 2006 I was asked to look at the feasibility of installing a Reedbed Treatment System (RBTS) for a family house with two holiday lets.
In the photographs you can see the field in which the system would be built and the pond into which the treated water should run. The overflow from the pond ends up in a stream, so the system would have to ensure water is clean to avoid having a water discharge consent.
The site was assessed and there was enough space and fall for a RBTS, and as the field was quite soggy, a land drain form the septic tank was considerd inappropriate.
Planning, Building Regulation and Environment Agency discharge consents requirements and costs were investigated and appropriate design and costs estimated.
The final feasibility report and costings can be downloaded on the left.
For Environment Agency Guidance on Reedbed Treatment Systems see PPG4: Sewage Treatment