Wednesday 13 November 2019

City dwellers have lowest registration of septic tanks

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

JUST a tiny fraction of people living in cities have registered their septic tanks despite a looming deadline.

This is despite almost 15,000 tanks being located in Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Limerick and Cork cities.

And Dublin has emerged as the county with the lowest registration rate, with just 2pc – or 66 people – registering their tank.

New figures from the Department of the Environment show that almost 290,000 tanks have been registered across the country to date – or 57pc of the total.

But the rates vary widely.

• The lowest rate is in Dublin City Council, where 66 of the 2,718 tanks in people's homes have been registered, or 2pc.

• There are also low rates across the other three Dublin authorities, Fingal (33pc), Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (34pc) and South Dublin (29pc).

• By comparison, the highest compliance rate is in Clare, where 13,122 of the 19,769 tanks have been recorded, or 66pc.

Some 500,000 tanks will be liable for inspection from next summer. Local authorities will carry out checks, particularly in areas where water sources are under threat of pollution from tanks.

Irish Independent

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