Al­most 40 per cent of sep­tic tanks viewed ‘be­low par’


Bray People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW HAS a 92 per cent in­spec­tion rate of house­hold sep­tic tanks but al­most 40 per cent of the tanks in­spected in the county are be­low par.

Fig­ures re­leased by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) last week show that na­tion­ally 53 per cent of house­hold sep­tic tanks in­spected by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties failed the first in­spec­tion.

In Wick­low the tar­get num­ber of in­spec­tions for 2013 was 25, with 23 in­spec­tions car­ried out by the end of Fe­bru­ary.

Of these only nine were com­pli­ant while 14 were non com­pli­ant. As a re­sult of this non com­pli­ance 14 ad­vi­sory notices were is­sued to house own­ers, 14 of which are still ac­tive.

Is­sues af­fect­ing the fail­ure rate of the treat­ment sys­tems in­clude leak­age, sur­face pond­ing un­li­cenced dis­charge, roof wa­ter, oper­a­tion and main­te­nance, desludg­ing and risk to hu­man health or the en­vi­ron­ment.

Wick­low County Coun­cil's en­gage­ment with the pub­lic in re­la­tion to in­spec­tions in­cluded leaflet dis­tri­bu­tion, use of its web­site and letters/emails to reg­is­tered own­ers.

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