Soakaways reducing water bills?

Hi all
Someone told me recently that they got money off their water bill because their drainpipes flow to a soakaway rather than the sewer system. Is this right? Whats the deal?

Many thanks

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  • victor2
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    See what your water company say.
    For example, this is from Severn Trent:
    https://www.stwater.co.uk/my-supplies/waste-water-and-sewers/surface-water-drainage/

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  • ali-t
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    I have a soakaway linked to my septic tank and don't pay any sewage fees on my council tax but still pay full water. I would be interested in paying less for water too.
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
  • matelodave
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    ali-t wrote: »
    I have a soakaway linked to my septic tank and don't pay any sewage fees on my council tax but still pay full water. I would be interested in paying less for water too.

    Get a meter fitted and then you only pay for what you use - use less and you pay less. Simples
    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers
  • Cardew
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    ali-t wrote: »
    I have a soakaway linked to my septic tank and don't pay any sewage fees on my council tax but still pay full water. I would be interested in paying less for water too.

    In referring to 'water bills' I believe the OP means 'water & sewerage bills'.

    All of the water companies offer a reduction off the full sewerage charge if 'surface water'(from gutters and land) does not enter the sewer system. This normally means water going to a soakaway, but can mean going into a stream etc.

    As you are not on mains drainage - it doesn't apply to your dwelling.

    All of the water companies have adopted different methods of rebating properties.
  • Robisere
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    I received my first rebate for this 8 years ago, after reading about it somewhere I cannot recall. All of the 23 bungalows in our Close, and many of the homes in our village, have soakaways, added to which I have two water Butts which take most of the runoff water from the downpipes*. I must have accrued a significant total saving over the last 8 years, but I also used the local community hall publication to make everyone else aware of the link to obtain a PDF form to apply for a reduction. I must have cost the Water Company £1,000's by now!

    * Water butts alone, even if every downpipe is connected to them, will not earn a full reduction/rebate. They are fitted to the downpipe in such a way as to bypass the butts when they are full, and the excess goes into the drain. Which means that a rebate is only possible if the excess goes into soakaway drains.
    I think this job really needs
    a much bigger hammer.
  • ali-t
    ali-t Posts: 3,815 Forumite
    Cardew wrote: »
    In referring to 'water bills' I believe the OP means 'water & sewerage bills'.

    All of the water companies offer a reduction off the full sewerage charge if 'surface water'(from gutters and land) does not enter the sewer system. This normally means water going to a soakaway, but can mean going into a stream etc.

    As you are not on mains drainage - it doesn't apply to your dwelling.

    All of the water companies have adopted different methods of rebating properties.

    Thanks, that makes sense Cardew.
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
  • Thanks all. I will look into it
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