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  Drainage system requirements to avoid pollution

…identify all drains and update it after building work. If you do not have the expertise in-house, use a reputable drainage business to do the work for you.

  • Colour code drain covers, drainage grills and gullies. Foul water drains should be… read more

  •   Preventing water pollution

    …identify all drains and update it after building work. If you do not have the expertise in-house, use a reputable drainage business to do the work for you. * Colour code all manhole covers, drainage grills and gullies. Foul water drains should be painted red, surface water drains blue and combined… read more

      Env.Agency PPG25 Eng. R14429

    …may be required before discharge (see Section 4a). ii Foul drains, which should carry contaminated water, trade effluent and domestic sewage to a sewage treatment works. It is recommended that gullies, grids and manhole covers are colour coded to aid identification, using blue for surface water and… read more

      Practical ways you can prevent water pollution

    …waste.

  • Have procedures to prevent pollution from your drainage system, eg keep an updated drainage plan and colour code your drains. See the page in this guide on drainage system requirements to avoid pollution.
  • Be prepared for pollution incidents

    Be… read more

      More waste materials (E-W)

    …as well as the colour coding. How to complete the waste paperwork Classifying and describing sharps waste If you have segregated your waste according to this guidance, you will need to classify the waste in the consignment note as follows: Use the European waste catalogue codes: * 18 01 03* and… read more

      [quick-start-checklist-for-retail-and-wholesale-managers.pdf]

    drains to surface water drains o all contaminated water, such as sewage and trade effluent, drains to foul drains. Check that you have an up-to-date and accurate site drainage plan available on site. Colour code drains and manhole covers: blue for surface water drains and red for foul water drains.read more

      More water topics (A - O)

    …staff identify the locations of all the drains and sewers and where they lead. Colour code your drainage system by painting manhole covers, gullies and grills using a recognised colour coding system: blue for surface water drains and red for foul water drains. This will help you to identify which… read more

      More general materials and equipment topics

    …Good practice There are codes of good practice to help you protect your land, water and the environment from pollution. If you are working within an NVZ you should follow the regulators' codes of good practice. Waste exemptions Nature conservation Waste management licences Codes of good agricultural… read more

      More waste treatment processes (A-O)

    …activities do not cause land, air or water pollution. Land contamination Oil storage Chemical storage Storage and transport Ensure you use colour coded bins, storage compartments, drums and containers for waste chemicals. These must be secure, weatherproof, waterproof, flame resistant, shockproof… read more

      Pollution incident response planning

    …raised kerbs or appropriate falls. Have procedures to prevent pollution from your drainage system, eg keep an updated drainage plan and colour code your drains. For more information on avoiding water pollution, see our guideline: Preventing water pollution. Be prepared to deal with spills You should… read more

      More air topics

    …Ammonia refrigerants are highly toxic. You should never allow them to enter watercourses or surface water drains. If water contaminated with ammonia enters a watercourse or surface water drain, report it immediately by calling the UK wide pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60. * If contaminated water… read more

      More hazardous materials topics

    …surface water to the surface water drainage system. Colour code your drainage system by painting manhole covers, gullies and grills using a recognised colour coding system: blue for surface water drains and red for foul water drains. This will help you to identify which system you are discharging… read more

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