University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Water Management - Prevention of Pollution

Surface Water Discharges

Falmouth Exeter Plus is aware of the importance of preventing pollution to surface water drains and that these drains must only carry uncontaminated rainwater.  Surface water drains can be contaminated with silt, heavy metals, chemicals, paints and oils.  Foul water drains are designed to carry contaminated waste water safely to a system or sewage works for treatment.  Wash water from mobile pressure washers must not be discharged  to surface water drains or soakaways, even if bio-degradeable detergents are used.  All such discharges will be through the foul sewer (subject to approval of South West Water).  All waste materials must be stored in designated areas which are isolated from surface drains and bunded to contain any spillages.

Effluent Discharges

Currently there are no discharge consents pertinent to the Penryn Campus.  All discharges from the Tremough Estate grounds and buildings must comply with Section 111 of the Water Industry Act, 1991.  In practice this means that only low level and non-hazardous wastes can be disposed of through the sewage system.  In particular if fats, oils, or grease (FOG) or other wastes are disposed down our drains there is a risk of prosecution for illegally discharging waste into a public sewer that is likely to damage the sewer, interfere with the free flow of its contents, or affect the treatment or disposal of its contents.


Should anyone become aware that an inappropriate discharge to either foul sewer or surface water drains has taken place, they must contact the Estates helpdesk immediately. 

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