Never Connect Foul into Storm Drain
The consequences of connecting foul into storm drain unknowingly or accidently can result in severe penalty and fine by the Authorities. Sometimes bad plumbing during extension or home improvement can result to new appliances being plumbed incorrectly into the storm drain. This normally ends up in the river or stream, without the owner knowing about it.
What to remember –
a.. Surface water also commonly known as storm drain which takes rain water from the rooftops, hard standing area (e.g. driveway) and road surface which ends up in a river where it is not treated.
b.. Foul water drain carry waste water from toilet, sinks, showers, household appliances (e.g. washing machine) etc. normally ends up at sewage treatment where it is treated.
c.. The combined sewer system (combination of foul and surface water) both ends up at sewage treatment where it is treated. Normally any misconnection ends up in the river or stream which could potentially cause serious pollution and harm wildlife habitat living nearby such as fish, insects, animals etc. The untreated sewage effluent polluting in the river drastically reduces oxygen level causing sewage fungi which covers like a blanket. The cleaning operation is very expensive.
It is important to check and fix any misconnections immediately. This is cheaper than the threat of prosecution and a fine up to £2,500.
If you are unfortunate and in such circumstances, contact RNLDS to investigate and help you put it right before the Authority find out. It’s much cheaper than a fine.