Understand your businesses wastewater responsibility with relation to trade effluent consent

Trade effluent and sewage

If you’re discharging trade effluent into the public sewer you’re required by law to obtain consent.

Trade effluent (TE) is defined as any wastewater, other than domestic or surface water, which is discharged from a process or activity that is carried out by a commercial or industrial customer.

A TE consent is a legal document issued by the relevant sewage undertaker, responsible for the upkeep of the public sewer, under the powers provided within the Water Industry Act 1991. A consent contains a number of conditions and limitations around the quality and quantity of the discharge.

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