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Eoghan Clifford: Septic tank legislation makes sense for both householders and the environment

NEW legislation, which provides for the registration and inspection of domestic wastewater treatment systems, including septic tanks, can be regarded as a positive step both for the environment and water resource protection as well as for households with such systems. Such a registration and inspection regime is also necessary if Ireland is to avoid future action from the EU under the Waste Directive.

Septic tank systems, in particular, have received much attention recently but it should be noted that every household with an on-site wastewater treatment system will be required to register that system. Such systems include ‘package wastewater treatment systems’, which have been used in many newer builds over recent years.

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