Where Does Sewage Go?

August 11, 2021

You might not ask this question often, and being honest, it isn’t a question that many people want to think about all too often. The fact of the matter is though, that if you have a property, you may one day have to deal with your waste drainage facilities. Having a good working knowledge of where your waste water is heading could be helpful.

So, if you need to know where your sewage ends up, then this article will hopefully explain the full process, and how your property is connected to the larger network of pipes and sewage pump systems that run across the UK.

Where Does My Sewage Go?

Every single time you flush your toilet, run a tap or have a bath that drains away, it is fairly common to say it’s gone ‘down the drain’, and forget about what happens immediately afterwards. Well, if your property is connected to the main sewage system that runs through the UK, then you can expect for your sewage, or ‘wastewater’, to flow directly into the sewage system.

Once your wastewater has joined the sewage system and is travelling within the pipes, it will travel through them until it reaches a sewage treatment centre. The sewage treatment centre is a pivotal and vital point of contact for sewage, as it is where all of the sewage that flows out of the sewage system is made ready to be released back into the environment.

The Sewage System Process

This is a process that has many steps to it, but they are all necessary:

  • First off, the sewage will be filtered so that larger solid objects can be removed from the wastewater itself. This means things like sanitary products, wipes, and any other larger solids that could have worked their way into the sewage system are removed from the wastewater.
  • Once the wastewater has had all solids removed, it’s time for elements of human waste to be removed. This is done by taking the filtered wastewater and pumping it into a settlement tank. This tank will allow all solids to sink to the bottom, so the separation of liquid and solid is encouraged safely.At this stage, the visible and noticeable aspects of sewage have been removed from the wastewater itself, and the filtered water will be able to leave the settlement tank and flow freely into larger tanks, into which air is pumped. The point of this is to encourage any bad or harmful bacteria present in the water to be broken down by the helpful bacteria being carried by the air being pumped into the tanks.
  • Once all of the bad bacteria has been broken down and removed, the good bacteria will settle at the bottom of the tank, where it can safely be removed.
  • Once that bacteria has been removed, the water will no longer be classified as waste water, but will instead be totally clean and ready for release.
  • The water itself could be released back into the environment, into a body of water like a lake or river, but a common practise is for water treatment plants to allow their clean water to flow into a reservoir, so that the water can be fully recycled and used again.

This process is the end result for nearly all wastewater and sewage in the U.K. if, like some, you make use of a septic tank then your sewage will build up within the tank itself before it’s taken away by a tanker service. Once pumped out of your septic tank, and into the tanker, then your sewage will be transported to a treatment plant and pumped there from the tanker.

One situation in which your properties sewage might not join into the sewage system and reach a full sewage treatment plant is if you have your own, smaller sewage treatment plant that your property makes use of instead.

In this situation, your sewage will follow the same process as described before, only on a smaller scale in a treatment plant designed for your property. Once the sewage from your property has been treated, then it can be released back into local byways and rivers. This will only occur if you have permission from the local authorities to do so, or you could enlist tanker services to empty your treatment plant.

Assess Your Sewage Treatment Options

If you are unaware as to how your home is connected to the sewage system, or how stable your connection is, then we recommend talking to a plumber or drainage expert. They can then help you further understand your properties needs.

If your property does require a little extra effort when it comes to pumping away it’s sewage, then get in touch with our technicians today who can talk to you about the option of having a sewage pump installed, for moving your waste into the sewer system even when your drains are below ground. Call 0800 019 9949 today to discuss options with our team.

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