April 11, 2014
The EPA today released an interim review of progress in implementing the National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems 2013. The National Inspection Plan is being implemented by Local Authorities under the supervision of the EPA.
Gerard O’Leary, Director, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“Since the publication of the National Inspection Plan, the EPA has appointed almost 100 inspectors, who are engaged in inspecting treatment systems across the country. The first year of the national inspection plan for septic tanks is about setting up a new inspection regime and providing information to householders about how to maintain, and rectify simple problems with, their treatment systems. The inspections will now become a routine part of local authorities’ work.”
The review found that, in the first eight months of implementation of the Plan, between July 01 2013 and February 28 2014:
The EPA will review the Plan again after July 2014. This review will include an assessment of the information gathered from the inspections and the response to the awareness raising campaign.
David Flynn, Programme Manager of EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement advised,
“There are simple steps that homeowners can take to help pass a septic tank inspection. On a regular basis, have the sludge emptied from your tank using permitted contractors, retain the receipt, and if you have a package treatment system get it serviced. Look at www.epa.ie to find out information on septic tanks.”