The Environmental Protection Agency released a review today, (July 2nd) of over 2,000 inspections of septic tanks and other domestic wastewater treatment systems in 2017 and 2018.
The report found that almost half of these failed their inspection because they were not built or maintained properly.
Commenting on the report, Dr. Tom Ryan, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“If you do not maintain your septic tank, it can contaminate your own or your neighbour’s well or your local stream, putting your health at risk and that of your family and neighbours.”
“You can take simple steps to maintain your septic tank by making sure it is not leaking, ponding or discharging to ditches and by cleaning it out regularly.”
In the report, there were findings that one-third of people who had failed inspection since 2013 still have not repaired their septic tanks.
Noel Byrne, Senior Scientist in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“It is important that householders fix systems where problems are detected. To improve water quality, the government’s proposed expanded septic tank grant scheme, due to be launched later this year, will increase the maximum grant aid available to €5000 and remove the means test requirements.”
Find more information on the septic tank grant scheme here