Interceptors are designed to allow only water to drain from the outlet, trapping pollutants such as fuel oil and solids within the confines of the interceptor. The accumulation of oil, silt, debris and other miscellaneous contaminants within an interceptor increases the risk of forecourt flooding and pollutants contaminating sewage systems or watercourses.

The specific guidelines provided by the Environment Agency: Pollution Prevention Guidelines 3 (PPG 3) details how your interceptor should be maintained. PPG 3 suggests that a 6 monthly schedule should be in place to:

  • Physically inspect the integrity of the interceptor and all mechanical parts
  • Assess the depth of accumulated oil and silt
  • Service all electrical equipment such as alarms and interceptor management systems
  • Check the condition of any coalescing device and replace it if necessary
  • Keep a detailed log of when the separator is inspected, maintained, emptied and serviced.

Observe Solutions assist our customers in meeting these requirements by implementing a regular interceptor service schedule to ensure your interceptor is in good working order and oil and solids are kept to a minimum. The service will not only ensure the guidelines are followed but will also you to budget for accurate maintenance costs.