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BS 6297:2007+A1:2008

Code of practice for the design and installation of drainage fields for use in wastewater treatment

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : December 2007

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BS 6297 gives recommendations and guidance on the design and installation of drainage fields and infiltration systems for use in wastewater treatment.  BS 6297 is applicable to systems for handling discharges from domestic and commercial sources from single households and upwards.  These sources are typically septic tanks and package treatment plants. 

This Code of Practice gives general advice on good design and installation practices.  Particular requirements are determined by local conditions.  The recommendations are supplemented, as required, by specialist advice. 

Who should use BS 6297?

  • Designers
  • Specifiers and procurement officers
  • Pollution and building control officers
  • Local authorities
  • Environment agencies
  • Manufacturers of small wastewater treatment systems

Table of Contents

  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Drainage fields
  • Preliminary planning, site investigation and assessment
  • Detailed system design
  • Components
  • Construction of drainage field
  • Maintenance
  • Annex A (informative) Plants as drainage indicators
  • Annex B (informative) Regulatory requirements
  • Annex C (informative) Alternative disposal methods
  • Bibliography
  • List of figures
  • List of tables


BS 6297 has been amended and replaces BS 6297:1983 which is now withdrawn.

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Standard NumberBS 6297:2007+A1:2008
TitleCode of practice for the design and installation of drainage fields for use in wastewater treatment
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 December 2007
Confirm Date02 August 2013
Cross ReferencesBS EN 1085, BS EN 12566-1, BS EN 12566-3, BS EN 12566-4, BS EN ISO 10319, ISO 10319:1993, CEN/TR 12566-2:2005, Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994, Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, Water Resources Act 1991 as amended by the Environment Act 1995, Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, BS 4346-3, BS EN 295-1, BS EN 295-2, BS EN 295-3, BS EN 295-4, BS EN 476, BS EN 598, BS EN 681-1, BS EN 773, BS EN 877, BS EN 1123, BS EN 1124, BS EN 1401-1, BS EN 1453-1, BS EN 1852-1, BS EN 12056-2, BS EN 12255, BS EN 13244, BS EN ISO 10320, PAS 27:1999
ReplacesBS 6297:1983
Amended ByAmendment, May 2008. Corrigendum, August 2008. Amends and replaces BS 6297:2007.
DescriptorsSewage treatment works, Sewage engineering, Sewage treatment, Domestic sewage, Effluents (sewage), Sewage, Drainage, Sewage disposal, Soils, Cesspools, Pipes, Trenches, Septic tanks, Filtration, Installation, Design
ICS13.060.30
CommitteeB/505
ISBN978 0 580 64038 4
PublisherBSI
FormatA4
DeliveryYes
Pages44
File Size503.3 KB
Price£168.00


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