Reducing Phosphates & Pollution in Our Watercourses 

The main aim of the project is to try and reduce the amount of phosphates and pollution entering our local becks, the River Crake and Coniston Water. Through our conservation work we are reducing diffuse pollution from agriculture and hope to do the same for households not on the main sewage networks.

We have produced a simple guide to help those with private sewage systems which explains the different types, when they should be emptied and how to get the best out of them. We’ve also included a local case study that shows the process for replacing a tank. Download the guide here:  SepticTankGuideBooklet(WEB)

Septic Tank Emptying Groups

The project is helping to co-ordinate local schemes for group emptying to encourage responsible tank ownership. If you are in the catchment and would like to know more then please get in touch.

Top Tips for your Tank

You can also take a few simple steps to maintain your system to protect our rivers, seas and wildlife. 

  • Know your tank – what type and where it is

  • Get it emptied at least every two years by a licensed contractor

  • If you have a drainage field look out for signs of problems – smells, lush growth

  • Use phosphate-free products in your sinks, dishwashers and washing machines

  • Follow the 3 Ps rule: Pee, Poo and (toilet) Paper

Remember – a happy tank means a happier environment!