James Southern Independent Consultant and Contract Engineer

Electricians & Plumbers

French and English speaking with 25 years experience providing a comprehensive service for the installation and maintenance of septic tanks/fosses septiques, working alongside the regulatory authority SPANC covering Departments 11, 34 and 66.

You could be flushing money down the loo!

Regulations following the change in the law in 1992 over suitability of existing and installation of new septic tanks are being strictly enforced by a professional body called Service Public dAssainissement Non Collectif (SPANC).

The authority are assessing all installations to insure they comply with the new regulations and you will eventually need a certificate of compliance from this body if you are not connected to a mains system.

For existing fosses septiques SPANC will assess your current drainage system to verify that the following comply with the new regulations and will survey the following:

  •  The geology of the site.
  • Location of your current fosse and grease trap.
  • Condition of fosse, traps, pipework, ventilation and access points.
  • The filtration system.
  • Volume, sludge and scum levels.
  • The pump.

If any of the above fail to measure up to the new standards laid down, SPANC will issue you with a report and you will be advised on the measures you have to take to obtain full approval and certification.You will have 4 years to comply and any work that is needed has to be inspected by the authority at each stage of completion.

 So when installing a new sewage treatment system or when upgrading an existing one, the appropriate permissions must be sought from SPANC, before commencement, otherwise they can simply come along and insist you start again.This could be expensive, so dont be tempted by contractors offering cheap solutions, to have their job done without involving SPANC. If youre unsure find a local contractor who will work with the authority and ensure you dont make any expensive mistakes.

 James Southern

Independent Consultant and Contract Engineer

 

French and English speaking with 25 years experience providing a comprehensive service for the installation and maintenance of fosses septiques, in Aude (11), Herault (34) and Pyrenees Orientales (66).

  • New systems or Renovations

  • Approved installations

  • Consultancy/Liaison with SPANC

With James Southern you can be confident your system will comply fully with the Regulations and achieve full approval and certification.

 

 

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