What is the regulatory framework governing emptying and maintenance of your septic tank in France?
If your tank does need to be emptied then the regulations stipulate that only those professionals who have been authorised (agréés
) by the prefecture are permitted to undertake the task. This is due, in the main, to ensure satisfactory disposal of the waste.
' itself should normally take between one and one half hours.
You should ensure that all compartments of the septic tank are emptied, the whole system flushed through with clean water, and the tank itself refilled with water to the correct level.
The cost of the operation will depend on the size of the system, but averages between €150 and €250.
The charge might well be higher if access is difficult or you live in an isolated area.
Request a certificat de vidange
on completion of the work. The document should state, amongst other things, the accreditation number of the company, the amount of waste removed and its destination. The certificate could be of use in the event of an inspection of your system by the authorities.
You may well find that your local Service Public de l'assainissement non collectif (SPANC)
, who operate through the auspices of your local council or inter-communal body, have negotiated rates for householders with one or more local firms.