Septic Tank System Check
|Create Date||20th February 2017|
Have you completed a septic tank system check?
This leaflet tells you how to:
- Check your septic tank works
- Maintain it properly
- Protect your health and local environment
Maintain your wastewater system and you will help to protect your health and local environment.
“A well maintained system in the right site with the right soil conditions will protect your health, your local environment and your pocket.”
Around 500,000 households in Ireland have a wastewater system that includes septic tanks and packaged systems.
About 137,000 of these also have a private well for drinking water. Since 2013, all homeowners with a wastewater system must be registered with their local authority (LA).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent public body. We are responsible for supervising local authorities when they inspect wastewater systems. We do this to ensure that the systems are suitable and well maintained.
A quarter of wastewater systems (25%) inspected failed the LAs inspection due to poor operation and poor maintenance.
Poorly maintained wastewater systems can affect your drinking water especially from private wells.
Many people assume that their private well water is safe to drink and don’t treat it or get it tested. They shouldn’t because a recent study found that E.coli, which can cause serious illness, is present in almost a third (29%) of Irish private wells.
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