Domestic Wastewater System Registration
Must Register by 1st February 2013
1. On Line :www.protectourwater.ie
2.Post Complete Registration Form plus Cheque, Postal Order, Bank Draft to:
Protect our Water
PO Box 12204
3. Offaly County Council
Cash Office, Aras an Chontae : Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm
Birr Civic Offices : Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm
Edenderry Town Council : Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm
Registration Forms Available
For Information See Frequently Asked Questions on:
Offaly County Council encourages the public, if possible, to register/pay on-line (no.1 above) or by Post (no.2 above)
Fee €5 applies up to 28th September 2012
Fee €50 applies thereafter
- There are no exemptions from the requirement to register.
- EPA will draw-up a National Inspection Plan which will commence in 2013.
- Registration is valid for 5 years. There is no fee for re-registering.
- Information Line: 1890 – 800 - 800
Declan Conlon, Head of Finance
Offaly County Council, Charleville Road, Tullamore
The water services (amendment) act 2012 introduces a new registration and inspection system for septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland.
Registration will be valid for five years and there will be no charge for re-registration. It is intended that the revenue raised will be used by the water services authorities to manage the registers and to meet the cost of having inspections carried out. There will be no inspection charges for households. All owners of premises connected to a domestic wastewater treatment system are required to register their systems by 1 February 2013.
How to tell if there is a problem with your system?
Some of the signs that your system may not be operating correctly are:
- There are foul odours around the system or the percolation area;
- There is an excessive amount of vegetation growing in the percolation area;
- The area around the system or percolation area is soggy;
- Your drains or toilets are running slowly or overflowing.
It will be a matter for the EPA to determine the level of inspections that will be required. However, as it is to be a risk-based scheme, not every system will be inspected. In developing the inspection plan, the EPA will consider many factors, including proximity to rivers, lakes and streams (particularly drinking water sources).
Important message regarding inspections:
Inspections under the new system will commence in 2013. The commencement of inspections will be publicised in the national and local media. People should take care not to allow uninvited persons, or persons claiming to be inspectors, to enter onto their property in advance of the launch of inspections. People will be formally notified by their local authority if their domestic waste water treatment system is to be inspected. Inspectors will be required to carry identification and you should ask for this to be presented to you.
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