Septic tank inspections
The national inspection system started in 2013. Its purpose is to protect human health and environment from the risks from septic tank systems. Local authorities inspect over 1,000 systems each year.
Inspections of septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems are done by City and County Council staff. They complete a specific training course and are appointed by the EPA. They carry a certificate of appointment and identification which they will show to the homeowner if requested.
What to expect from an inspection
Planning and reporting inspections
Repairing and replacing faulty septic tank systems
Septic tank inspections show that typically half fail with a quarter being a risk to human health or the environment. Many issues can be addressed through simple maintenance and de-sludging. However, in other cases septic tank systems have serious structural problems that require repair or replacement.
Septic tank systems requiring repair or replacement may be identified by City and County Councils through inspections under the National Inspection Plan, River Basin Management Plan work or in investigating complaints. In all these instances, the homeowner will be made aware of the issues by the Council. However, many homeowners will be aware of issues and want to deal with them on their own initiative to ensure they protect the health of their family, the environment and comply with legal requirements.
What are the problem signs?
Who to contact?
Guidance & Grants
What standards do I need to meet?
What if I am concerned about my neighbour’s septic tank system?
What should I do if my septic tank system is flooded?