Water Services Act 2012 , inspection of septic tanks

Is your septic tank ready for assessment?

The Law:

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has published the Water Services (Amendment) Act, 2012 to regulate wastewater discharges from all homes that are not connected to the public sewer network. This is as a result of a European Court of Justice judgement made against Ireland in 2009 with regard to the operation of private waste water treatment systems. 

It is estimated that there are 440,000 private wastewater treatment systems serving single houses in the Republic of Ireland. The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 includes registration and inspection arrangements. This means that all on-site septic tank systems or domestic wastewater treatment systems will have to be registered.

Local Authorites will establish and maintain a registration system, which is supposed to be available in March 2012. 

Your Responsibilities and how Fitz Scientific can help: 

If you are concerned about the performance of your waste water treatment plant or would like advice on your compliance with the requirements we can assist:

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  • Fitz Scientific personnel have over 20 years experience in the design and implementation of waste water treatment plants for domestic and industrial applications throughout Ireland and the UK. 
  • We can provide engineering guidance and assistance on the maintenance and upgrade of waste water treatment plants. In our experience, if the plant has been correctly designed and installed for the specific waste emissions to be treated; the plant will work and meet the requirements of the new legislation. 
  • We can assist with mechanical upgrades as required and operational advice on the ongoing management and operation of the plant. 


What you can do before you call Fitz Scientific?

There are a number of simple practical steps that you can do before you call us:

1)  Ensure that roof water and any surface water run offs are not discharging to the treatment plant.

2) Grey water such as washing machine effluent and sink washings must be directed to the treatment plant.

3) Ensure that all pipe works and vents, if installed, are free of overgrowth and allow air into and out of the system. If your system is required to be dislodged on a routine basis - has this been done? 

4) Check all pumps, rotors and pipes are free and operating correctly. Fitz Scientific technicians can assess and determine if your septic tank is up to the required standard, and meets legal requirements in terms of its operation and discharge quality.


For further assistance please contact out sales team or one of our technicians who will be happy to assist you with any queries you may have.

Call today on 041 9845440 or e mail us on info@fitzsci.ie

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