Septic Tank Campaign

Since early 2015 the Ribble Trust have been part of a regional campaign which hopes to address the issues surrounding septic tanks and help people address these issues and improve their systems.

The campaign is led by the Morecambe Bay Partnership who have been awarded £50,000 for the project by the United Utilities Catchment Wise Fund. The Lune, Wyre, Eden, South Cumbria and West Cumbria Rivers Trusts, Healthy Waterways Trust and British Water are also involved in this campaign.

What are septic tanks?

Septic tanks are small scale sewage treatment works  that are used to treat waste water from homes that are not connected to the main sewage network. When used and maintained properly these micro treatment works function effectively without problems, however if the system is mismanaged the impact on the environment can be very serious.

What happens when they are not maintained?

A properly maintained septic tanks is an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly way of disposing of waste.  If these systems start to fail they can smell and spread disease to both animals and humans. A failing system may also pollute rivers, lakes coastal waters and groundwater. To ensure this does not happen to you, you could look into something like septic tank pumping near me, to find the closest company that can come out and clean your tank, to ensure it does not leak or flood.

What is the campaign about?

After a year of public meetings and consultations a tool kit featuring a short film, web based resources and literature has been developed and released to try and raise awareness of the negative effects of a poorly maintained septic tank.

‘Call of Nature’ is targeting people on a small, regional scale to try and educate people on how to maintain their system as well as making them aware of the environmental and monetary costs associated with a failing system.

How can I help?

Regular maintenance.

Sewage systems should be emptied annually by a specialist company whether or not they are full.

You should also make sure that ports and manholes are easily accessible and try to keep a written record to help to remind you of when your septic tank needs emptying.

Lookout for signs of a failing system.

There are plenty of tell-tale signs that your septic tank may not be functioning properly. Common things to look out for are;

  • Drains which are slow to clear
  • Toilets backing up
  • Smelly drainage fields
  • Dark, smelly discharge in the inspection chamber

If you notice any of these things you should call a specialist for help.

Think before you flush

Whether or not you have a septic tank you should only every flush the 3Ps- pee, poo and paper. Everything else should go into the bin for disposal as items such as cotton buds and plasters do not disintegrate or biodegrade.

You should also avoid putting kitchen waste down the sink, try using a sink strainer to collect scraps and then throw them in the bin, any fats or oils should be collected in an item such as a yoghurt pot to cool before it is disposed of.

For more information visit the Call of Nature Website.

Call of Nature

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

Please note that, following Government guidelines and the fact UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, Ribble Rivers Trust are taking precautions, and making changes to our day to day operations.

Some Ribble Rivers Trust staff are now working from home. If you wish to speak to a specific member of staff and you know their mobile phone number or email address please contact them in this way. Otherwise please contact us in the usual way.

Volunteer event cancellations

Dear volunteers,

It is with regret that we announce that we are postponing all volunteer activity with Ribble Rivers Trust. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, including the positive boost to mental and physical health, the chance to meet others and contribute positively to your local area. However, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the most recent Government advice – asking everybody in the UK to stay at home and only go out for essentials such as food and medicine – we feel that continuing to include volunteers in the limited work we are able to do now would put people at unnecessary risk and be irresponsible. We all want to improve and protect our environment and rivers, but to do that we need to stay healthy and this must be our priority for the time being. We will continue to keep you up to date with the work we are able to do and will organise new volunteer days as soon as we possibly can. Please stay connected with us over the coming weeks and keep yourselves safe and well.

Refer to gov.uk/coronavirus for up to date information and guidance.

We will come through this and our environment and rivers will still need you, let’s make sure we’re all ready for it when the time comes.

Yours faithfully,

Jack Spees.