Septic Tank

Septic Tank Inspections

Please contact A-Com Services today and arrange a site visit to inspect your existing Septic Tank and ensure that they are in good working order. From a site visit we will then be in a position to advise you what the best step forward is.

The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 provides for the introduction of a registration and inspection system for domestic waste-water treatment systems. It has been introduced to address the European Court of Justice ruling against Ireland in October 2009. And more importantly, to protect ground and surface water quality (particularly drinking water sources) from the risks posed by malfunctioning systems.


Registered Owners of domestic waste-water treatment systems are required to register their systems in accordance with the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Registration) Regulations 2012. Registration forms are available from: Local authority offices Public libraries Citizen Information centers Protect Our Water (Lo-Call 1890 800 800)

The registration fee payable is €50. The fee is intended to cover the costs to the water services authorities of administering the registers and of managing the risk-based inspections to be carried out. The legislation provides that those liable to register must do so on or before 1st February 2013. Inspections and Performance Standards The new legislation has been framed to minimize the impact on householders and there will be no inspection charge. Section 70 of the Water Services Act 2007 already places a duty of care on the owner of a premises to ensure that their treatment system does not cause a risk to human health or the environment or create a nuisance through odors.

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Important Note Inspections under the new legislation will not commence until 2013 and details will be made available at that time in the national and local media. Householders should take care not to allow uninvited persons, or persons claiming to be septic tank inspectors, to enter onto their property in advance of the launch of inspections.

Householders will be formally notified by their local authority if their domestic waste water treatment system is to be inspected and inspectors will be required to carry identification and to present this on request to householders.

Further Information:

Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012

Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Registration) Regulations 2012

Water Services Acts 2007 and 2012 (Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems) Regulations 2012

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