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Faulty septic tanks posing health risks to Shannonside region

Jun 30, 2022 13:06 By Shannonside News
Faulty septic tanks posing health risks to Shannonside region Faulty septic tanks posing health risks to Shannonside region
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The majority of inspected tanks in Leitrim and Roscommon failed inspections.

Faulty septic tanks pose a serious risk to both human health and the environment in the Shannonside region.

That's according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which released it's annual report today.

Almost 80 percent of examined tanks in Roscommon failed their inspections last year.

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47 tanks were checked in the county in 2021, with the majority of these not passing.

In Leitrim, close to 90 percent of tanks failed due to structural defects or low maintenance, with 27 inspections taking place over the 12 months.

Meanwhile Longford had a septic tank failure rate of just 45 percent.

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However inspectors carried out only 11 examinations of problem tanks in 2021.

EPA Senior inspector Noel Byrne told the Joe Finnegan Show that faulty tanks can threaten public health:

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