septic tanks

  • 85%¬†of septic tanks inspected in Co Mayo last year did not meet environmental standards.

    Tests on septic tanks were carried out by local authorities across the country, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Nationally, there was a 51% failure rate, and 26% were found to be a risk to human health or the environment.

    A lack of maintenance and desludging was identified as a key issue in systems failing inspection.

    In Mayo, 67 inspections were carried out last year, with an 85% failure rate.

    Since 2013, 300 septic tanks in Mayo failed inspections, of which only 60% have been fixed.

    In Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim, less than half of systems that failed have been fixed.

    The EPA is warning that if people do not maintain their septic tank, it can contaminate their own or a neighbour's well, putting human health at risk.

  • Almost 8 in 10 septic tank systems in Mayo failed inspection in 2017 and 2018 - the highest failure rate in the country - posing a risk to human health and the environment.

    The Environmental Protection Agency has published a review of over 2,000 inspections of septic tanks in 2017 and 2018, which showed that - across the country- nearly half of the systems failed inspection because they were not built or maintained properly.

    In Mayo, the failure rate rose to 78% - compared to 54% in Sligo, 39% in Co Galway and 0% in Galway City.

    Faulty septic tank systems can contaminate household wells and pollute rivers and streams.

    The EPA is urging householders to fix septic tanks that are not working properly, and says the Government's proposed increase in the septic tank grant scheme will help address the issue.