What is a drainage field and how is it different to a soakaway?

A drainage field with trenching dug out on a lawn
(Image credit: Yorkshire Septics)

Drainage fields and soakaways are different types of drainage systems that fulfil different household roles.

Drainage fields are used in conjunction with septic tanks to tackle household waste discharge. They are often incorrectly referred to as ‘soakaways’, which are different and instead are used to deal with surface water – for example, rainwater runoff from roofs.

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