Testers to flush out tank issues
Inspections of 1,000 septic tanks kick off
Some 1,000 residential septic tanks are to be inspected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between now and July 2014 under new waste water treatment rules.
The inspections will account for less than 1pc of the 446,000 septic tanks registered with the Department of the Environment by the deadline last February.
Although your chances of being selected for an inspection are quite small, it is important to understand what the inspection will entail and how to deal with any potential problems.
Owners of septic tanks selected for inspection will be notified by an inspector 10 days in advance of the inspection.
Specially trained local authority inspectors will carry identification and will check that your existing treatment system is fit for purpose and does not pose a risk to public health or the environment.
The inspection is aimed at ensuring that your septic tank meets the criteria set out in several rules, including the Water Services Act 2012 and the Water Services Acts 2007. The inspector will check:
1. Whether the system is registered;
2. If it is leaking;