National Inspection Plan

Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems

Summary: The Plan outlines how septic tanks and waste water treatment systems will be inspected in coming years, while making people aware of the risks to their health and to the environment if treatment systems are not working properly.

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1-84095-479-1

Pages: 54

Filesize: 3,947KB

Format: pdf

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Clean, healthy and well-protected water is essential to maintain viable and vibrant communities in unsewered areas across Ireland.  These communities, which are predominantly in rural areas, need to have dependable, clean sources of water and sustainable and safe ways to manage their waste waters.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO, 2012), on-site domestic waste water treatment systems collect, treat and discharge waste water from almost 500,000 households in Ireland.  At a large catchment scale, domestic systems pose much less of a risk to watercourses than urban waste water discharges and diffuse agricultural pollution.  However, if not managed and treated appropriately, domestic waste water may contaminate private and public water supplies, groundwater, and surface water, causing harm to human health and the environment.

The European Court of Justice found that Ireland had not met the legal obligation required by the 1975 Waste Framework Directive to regulate thewaste water generated in our unsewered areas. This National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems responds to Ireland’s failure to implement the 1975 Waste Directive.

Plean Iniúchta Náisiúnta 2013

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