Does anyone have a true understanding of the new laws concerning septic tanks in france?
Briefly... due to the failing health of my parents in the UK I want to sell my house in the Aude, SPANC have recently given me a defavourable certificate for my tank and I now find that I have 4 years to change the system on the face of it that's not too stressful...however I live fairly close to the Canal du Midi with only a relatively small (4x4 mtrs) courtyard to call my own. The present fosse is located under the patio of this courtyard garden and is acceptable but the land on which the treatment bed which is located is fundamentally unacceptable due to it's depth, plus the land on which it is situated is only part shared with the other owners on the estate.
I speak french reasonably well but am still learning, I think SPANC are demanding (in the true sense of the word) that we try to buy a parcelle of this common land which is actually a chemin and it would not be possible to purchase a portion of it.
I have found a complete micro system which would fit into my courtyard but still need to find a solution for the filtered water. I had hoped to be able to use the present pipework for my current treatment bed on the shared land as a ready made ditch or riseau but I'm not sure if only being a part owner of the common land would be acceptable to SPANC.
The only real option SPANC have offered would be to close the tank which unrealistically would mean at a huge cost having it emptied 2/3 times monthly, though on his last visit the man from SPANC said we may still not be able to acheive 'acceptable' with this solution as they're trying to 'outlaw' closed tanks in France...this option is only for the rich and would render my house unsellable!
The sale of my house is presently too important and issue to leave to chance, as due to the language barrier and the technicalities of the situation I may have actually got the wrong end of the stick
Has anyone else had the same misfortune and can offer some advice?