Category Archives: FAQ

What is the legislation affecting domestic properties?

There are several pieces of relevant and current legislation that affect domestic properties. The first came into effect in January 1992 and stipulated that all household waste water must be processed in the correct manner, by means of a “fosse toutes eaux” (a septic tank that accepts all waste waters) and a filtration system. The […]

Who are SPANC?

They are the official body responsible for enforcing that prevailing laws are upheld with regard to the treatment of waste water. Officially known as “Service Public d’Assainissement Non Collectif” they are the only people who can organise a fosse inspection and issue “certificates of conformity” for waste water treatment systems. They should also be able […]

What is the SPANC inspection?

The inspection is to verify if your waster water treatment system conforms to the prevailing laws. Having moved away from being concerned with whether your system presented any environmental or health risk, they are now mainly concerned with compliance and foll a check list of various to be checked during their inspection. When SPANC perform […]

Is my system likely to fail?

The systems most likely to fail are those that fail to collect all used water as this negates the “Fosse Toutes Eaux” requirement systems which cannot be located as they will be deemed as having no system at all (if this is the case speak to neighbours, previous owners anybody as they may be able […]

What do I do if my sewage treatment system fails the SPANC inspection?

If your system fails the inspection you will be given 4 years to rectify the problems (this applies to existing property owners, 12 months is given to new property purchasers) and SPANC should guide you regarding the best course of action. We recommend that you research your alternative options thoroughly, speak to a reputable supplier […]

What is a “diagnostique inspector”?

Diagnostic inspectors are sub-contracted by SPANC to conduct the inspections. Their job is to complete the inspection form and pass it to either the Mairie or SPANC.

What is a traditional fosse system?

The conventional “fosse toutes eaux” with filter bed works by collecting all waste water in the fosse itself where it is separated and the lighter suspended solids are digested by aerobic bacteria and the heavier sludge waste digested by anaerobic bacteria. As this only results in a reduction of pollutants, some germs and pathogens still […]

What are the pros and cons of traditional fosse systems?

Proven to be effective in purifying waste water without requiring any electrical input, these systems are ideal for properties that are not inhabited all year round or where the environmental impact is important. However, they do require a sizeable amount of land and can be costly and timely to install. They are also prone to […]