Irish septic tank failures act as warning to UK

Posted: Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A UK waste company is warning septic tank owners that environmental protection bodies are clamping down on systems that are not maintained.

Recent figures from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have revealed that out of nearly 1000 inspections, more than half failed to meet minimum standards.

Serious Waste Management, who operate from five depots in England and Scotland believe that the main problem is a lack of desludging which leads to system failure.

David Bould, Operations Manager, said: “Nearly 500 septic tank owners in Ireland have found themselves with a hefty fine to pay. They could have saved themselves the money just by having their systems regularly serviced and de-sludged. It is a worrying factor that so many people have no idea how to keep their systems in good condition…it’s bad for their wallets and for the environment.”

This is the first time that data has been compiled in Ireland about the condition of domestic water treatment systems and there has already been a crack down in recent months by Severn Trent Water Authority to try to improve the environmental impact of off-mains systems. Other authorities are also taking measures to cut down pollution.

David Bould added: “If septic tank owners get it wrong and don’t get professional help, they could put drinking water supplies at risk from pollution and that’s something the water authorities don’t take lightly.”

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