WCI designs, supplies and installs all forms of drainage, ensuring that it functions correctly without blockage and is compliant with building regulations. Drainage is generally divided into foul drainage, which deals with used or dirty water from any house or process and surface water, which deals with water that is drained from the ground, pavement or a roof. Ground water is water contained within or arising from the ground.
Foul drainage, which conveys sewage, grey water or dirty water, is generally divided between gravity drains and pumped drains or rising mains.
Sewers are foul drains which serve more than one property, many of which are owned and maintained by a water authority although private sewers also exist. Lateral foul drains are generally defined as the pipe connecting a single house or structure to the shared sewer. Lateral drains are often considered the part of a drain that lies outside of a property’s boundary. These pipes were previously the responsibility of the owners of the property but were adopted by the Water Authorities on 1st October 2011. As such, ‘drains’ are now considered to mean the pipes within a property’s boundary which are the responsibility of the owner of the property and lateral drains are the pipes which connect a single property with a shared sewer.
The specification and installation of foul drains is subject to building regulations and must be correctly sized for the expected flows and must be laid at correct gradients to prevent blockages. Access points (rodding points, inspection chambers and manholes) must also be provided.
WCI can assist with the design of appropriate surface water drainage schemes for new developments. See our Lower Coltscombe case study for an example of our work.
Whatever the issue, WCI can assist with improving land drainage, protecting your house with French drains or installing a pump station to move collected surface water away from the house. See our Park House Farm case study for an example of our work.
Part of establishing the quiet, family-orientated Newton Brook Caravan and Camping in Somerset was to design a Building Control and Environment Agency (EA)-compliant foul drainage system. We employed WCI Sewage Treatment Ltd to liaise with the EA after we found ourselves out of our depth when the bespoke permit application we submitted was questioned. After talking through our issues with the very knowledgeable Naomi, WCI guided us through the process and a permit was awarded with a 5 ammonia standard. WCI went to tender for the most suitable system for our site and WPL designed the system. David Trump of WCI oversaw the installation of the large 400 pe. HiPAF System by our own contractors on a Saturday in April 2016. The installation was smooth and its operation has been faultless. WCI have been pivotal in getting our site up and running and open to the public. David has a wealth of knowledge gained from working all around the world, he is also very good at baking so I would suggest this is mentioned at the time of booking the first site meeting. We would not hesitate in recommending WCI.
Newton Brook Caravan and Camping, Somerset, April 2016
“Many, many thanks for such a brilliant job which David managed brilliantly on the day and reduced my stress levels no end! It might seem silly to hear, but it is SO good not to have to worry anymore as to how many times the toilet is flushed, or how many showers are being taken – which has been a constant stress for over 10 years. I wish I’d done it a lot sooner. Best regards to all at WCI and thank you so much.”
Lester Cottage, East Huntspill, May 2014
“We were very pleased with the professionalism and care taken by David Trump and his team in installing a Conder Sewage Treatment Plant. His dealing with the regulatory bodies was also very much appreciated. We would highly recommend WCI Sewage Treatment to anyone considering a new, or replacement sewage treatment plant.”
Max & Sally MacLean
Coldfeet Cottage, Wedmore, June 2013
“We were recommended to WCI Sewage by Biorock and are pleased to say that it was a very good recommendation to have. Naomi and David answered queries either by phone or email promptly and pleasantly. The installation proceeded smoothly starting early on the day agreed and finishing on time. David took care of contacting building control and septic tank emptying so there was nothing we had to organise separately. The men were always on site early and easy to get on with.”
Gillian & Peter Tettmar
White Cottage, June 2013
“Thankfully we engaged WCI to advise us with the design for our replacement domestic sewage system, and the advice, knowledge and positive approach from both you and David was invaluable. You have been extremely patient with us and the weather. The treatment plant and reed bed were simple to install and construct and at long last we have a system that not only works but it works really well! It was a welcome relief to find a local company to help us, thank you for all that you did.”
Bovey Cottage, June 2013
“David’s advice and clear explanations from the start were reassuring. The team were punctual, efficient and got on with the job: everything you’d want PLUS they landscaped the area, leaving it better than it had been before the job was done. We are very pleased with the end result.”
The Spinney, May 2013
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