Sunday Times Q & A: Smells from a Neighbour’s Garden

    Sunday Times Q & A – Smells from a Neighbour’s Garden

    Q. There is a smell of sewage coming from our neighbour’s garden – there was a similar problem last year which we reported to the council.  DL by email


    A.
     If the properties are not connected to public sewers, this might well be a problem with a private drainage system.

    A septic tank or cess pit is where the waste water from a house is collected, and the normal recommendation is that it is emptied every 6 to 12 months, depending on how many people are resident at the property. 

    Failure to do so could result in the tank overflowing and causing pollution to groundwater or neighbouring property.  Anyone who causes pollution is liable to prosecution by the local authority under the Public Health Act 1936, so it may be time to make another complaint to the council. 

     
     

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