NIP for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems 2013

Review 1st July 2013 - 30th June 2014 and Proposals for 2015-2017.

The purpose of this review is to assess the implementation of the Plan during its first cycle, i.e. the period from 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2014.  The aim of the Plan is to protect water and human health by using a two-strand approach of education and awareness strategies linked with a risk-based inspection process.  This is an innovative approach which is in keeping with the current drive towards risk-based enforcement and compliance promotion across Europe.  The review supports the continuation of this approach.

This review finds that:

  • For the first time we have systematic collection of data on the nature and condition of domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland
  • Almost 50% of the systems inspected failed - most common reason for failure - lack of de-sludging (typical cost €250)
  • An ineffective septic tank poses a health risk for the family and extended family in that household.

On a national scale, discharges from wastewater treatment systems are considered to pose a low risk compared with discharges from urban wastewater treatment plants and agricultureThe Environmental Protection Agency invites submissions on the proposals outlined in chapter 6 of National Inspection Plan for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems 2013: Review 1st July 2013 - 30th June 2014 and Proposals for 2015 - 2017.

Download the Consultation Questions

Submissons should be emailed to DWWTSInspections@epa.ie or sent by post to:

National Inspection Plan 2015-2017 Consultation,
Environmental Protection Agency,
McCumiskey House,
Richview,
Clonskeagh Road,
Dublin 14

to arrive no later than 5pm on the 3rd March 2015.

Download the report for more details on the implementation of the Plan for the period 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2014.

Download information relating to the tables below in Excel Format:

Table A.1: Summary of engagement strategies by Local Authority for the period up to the 30th June 2014

Table A.2: Inspections by Risk Zone from 1st July 2013 to 20th June 2014, by local authority

Table A.3: Advisory Notices and reasons for non-compliance as a result of inspections carried out from the 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2014, by county

Table A.4: Non-compliance by reason according to age and type of treatment system, nationally

Table A.5: Non-compliance by reason according to water supply, nationally

Table A.6: Status of Advisory Notices Issued from the 1st July 2013 to the 30th June 2014, by county at 1st December 2014

Table A.7: Status of Advisory Notices with associated measures