So what makes TKS EnviroCare unique?
Private Sewage Systems
Connection to a Public Sewer
The simple act of installing a new sewage system requires a little more effort than just digging a
suitably sized excavation and dropping the right tank into it. In many cases it can take several months of
liaising with Regulatory Authorities to acquire the correct approvals to allow the work to begin in the first place.
All discharges into ground need to be approved by the Environment Agency so that they can carefully control the environmental impact of the scheme. The application process for a Consent to Discharge Licence can take up to four months. But before the application form can be submitted a proposal must be drawn up to provide an acceptable solution. This is where TKS EnviroCare unique abilities begin to show their true worth.
Our experience in dealing with the Environment Agency enables us to design a scheme that is more likely to meet with their approval and thereby reduce the amount of time taken to issue the licence.
Often a property can be connected to the public sewer by way of a sewage pumping station. A pumping station can be used to replace an old private sewage system if the public sewer is close enough to make financially viable.
Firstly, and most obviously, permission must sought from the owner of the public sewer before a connection can be made. This is very often the easiest hurdle to clear and can be agreed in a matter of days.
However, most public sewers are located in the public highway and this is where it becomes a little more involved. Before any work can commence in the highway the contractor must apply for a Street Works Licence from the local Highways Agency. As part of the application process we must write to all of the utility, telecoms and pipeline companies so that they can provide us with details and drawings that indicate where their apparatus is positioned in the highway. For each scheme we may have to write to almost thirty such companies, which is why we have staff dedicated to applying for the details and chasing up the responses to ensure that we experience minimum delay at this crucial stage.
Once all of the replies are returned we have to interpret them to ensure that there is a safe route for the pumped sewage main that we wish to install. Once a safe route has been established we must then submit an application form together with proof that we hold adequate insurance, our engineers are qualified to work in the highway and hold valid Supervisors and Operators certificates together with a traffic management proposal, method statement and risk assessment for the scheme. We must also demonstrate that all waste will be disposed of in a responsible manner.
So what makes TKS EnviroCare unique?
Well, there are not many of our competitors that will take on the entire scope of work that is required to get a scheme from original concept through to an operational system. Perhaps understandably for some, getting the relevant approvals requires too much effort and so they put that responsibility back on the client. We believe that our job is to make the whole process as painless as possible for the client.
Yes, we will need information from you in order to complete the applications. But we will deal with all of the correspondence on your behalf. All necessary site meetings will be carried out by our team. That is not to say that you will be excluded from the proceedings. We welcome your involvement and will keep you fully up to date with any developments.
We have also pioneered the use of trenchless technology to install pumped sewage mains in order to minimise disruption in the highway and to help reduce costs. So, can anyone install a sewage system? Well, maybe? But maybe the question should have been whether they can get the approval to begin the installation in the first place.
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