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How often should I empty my septic tank?

Ideally, you should empty your septic tank every year, depending on usage. You will know you have a problem if you notice gurgling drains, drains slow to empty and drains backing up, etc. If you allow the septic tank to fill with sludge then it can cause blockages and may lead to your system failing.

What is the new septic tank legislation?

The new legistlation has been put in place to help us as a nation to alleviate the problem of poor ground water quality. Every day our government is being penalised by the European Commission until it takes steps to enforce regulation rules for ground water quality which have been laid down.

What does the new Irish regulations mean if I have a septic tank?

If you have a septic tank or a bio treatment unit it means that from January 1st 2012 you have to comply with the New legislation. You will have to register your tank with your local County Council, you will then have to have an inspection carried out on the tank to ensure it is in good working order. If you have neglected to have your tank cleaned out on a regular basis (Reccomendation is every 2 years for septic tank & every 12 months for bio unit) then it is expected that your tank is not working as efficiently as it should be.

How much does the new regulation cost?

The cost of registering your tank is 50.00 euros payable to your local County Council. Further costs will be dependant on the results of the inspection carried out.

This charge has been reduced to 5 euros from 1st of February 2012

Should a Contractor have a waste permit to empty my septic tank?

Yes. If someone calls to your door asking to empty your septic tank then you should immediately ask for a copy of their permit. If they do not have a permit, then they cannot empty your tank. Countywide Drain Services Ltd. has permits for this service from all Local Authorities Including:

Cork County Council,
Cork City Council ,
Kerry County Council,

What is a Grease Trap? Should I have one installed?

Grease traps are usually installed on the drainage pipes from the kitchen in restaurants, bars, fast food outlets, hotels, etc. Their function is to prevent the grease from entering the main sewer system. Ideally, grease traps should be emptied on an annual basis at least. In some cases grease traps are installed in private residents with septic tanks, again with the purpose of preventing the grease from entering the septic tank.

What is a Waste Collection Permit?

Each Licensed Waste Operator is required to apply to the appropriate County/City Council for a Waste Collection Permit in order for them to collect and dispose of waste in the relevant Local Authority Area.

If you have any questions please contact us today for an information pack.

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