Check­ing your sep­tic tank reg­u­larly will save you money in the long run

Wexford People - - NEWS -

EN­SUR­ING that your sep­tic tank is checked reg­u­larly will save you money in the long run so don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact a lo­cal con­trac­tor who is fully qual­i­fied to en­sure that ev­ery­thing is work­ing prop­erly.

A new reg­is­tra­tion and in­spec­tion regime was in­tro­duced in Ire­land in 2012 for do­mes­tic waste water treat­ment sys­tems, such as sep­tic tanks. The regime aims to pro­tect ground and sur­face water qual­ity from the risks posed by sys­tems which are not work­ing prop­erly. Own­ers of do­mes­tic waste water treat­ment sys­tems need to: Know where their sep­tic tank is lo­cated Op­er­ate and main­tain the sys­tem so it is fit for pur­pose and fully op­er­a­tional

En­sure that the sys­tem can­not pol­lute the en­vi­ron­ment by dis­charg­ing or leak­ing waste any­where it is not sup­posed to, that is, into the ground or any water source. En­sure that roof water or sur­face water run-off can­not en­ter a do­mes­tic waste water treat­ment sys­tem. De- sludge the sys­tem at in­ter­vals ap­pro­pri­ate to the tank ca­pac­ity and the num­ber of peo­ple res­i­dent in the premises con­nected to it, or as rec­om­mended by the sys­tem’s man­u­fac­turer . Desludg­ing should be car­ried out by an au­tho­rised con­trac­tor . You should keep the re­ceipt from the con­trac­tor for five years. There are many con­trac­tors in County Wex­ford who can ful­fil your ev­ery need.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties ar­ranged for in­spec­tions to be car­ried out. In­spec­tions started in 2013 and the y con­cen­trated on ar­eas with high risk to the en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic health – where drink­ing water sources or habi­tats are at risk from waste water dis­charges. Any re­me­di­a­tion work re­quired on your sep­tic tank will be based on fac­tors such as the na­ture of the prob­lem, the ex­tent of risk to pub­lic health or the en­vi­ron­ment, ex­ist­ing site size and the hy­dro­log­i­cal and ge­o­log­i­cal con­di­tions present.

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