The Department of the Environment recently published an information leaflet for home owners who have septic tanks. The leaflet sets out the relevant legislation and give households background on the procedures put in place for registration and inspection of private waste water treatment systems.
In summary, The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 provides for the introduction of a registration and inspection system for domestic wastewater treatment systems. It has been introduced to address the European Court of Justice ruling against Ireland in October 2009, and even more importantly, to protect ground and surface water quality (particularly drinking water sources) from the risks posed by malfunctioning systems.
Inspections will commence after the end of the registration period in 2013 and will be objective and evidence-based. The Department says that householders can be assured that if their systems are working properly and are being maintained, they need not be concerned. There will be a proportionate and risk-based approach to inspections, which will be targeted towards areas where drinking water sources or habitats are at risk from septic tank discharges.
Please see the link to the relevant Information Leaflet.
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