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Leitrim and Roscommon bottom of table on septic tank issues

Jun 30, 2022 08:06 By Shannonside News
Leitrim and Roscommon bottom of table on septic tank issues Leitrim and Roscommon bottom of table on septic tank issues
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EPA Inspector Noel Byrne is calling for greater enforcement by local authorities to ensure failed systems are fixed

Leitrim and Roscommon are bottom of the table in the report on septic tanks published today by the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Almost 90% of tanks inspected in Leitrim failed EPA tests, while just under 80% of tanks inspected in Roscommon failed.

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The average failure rate nationwide for septic tanks is 50%.

 

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Longford had a low failure rate in comparison to its neighbouring counties, at 45% , but it carried out just 11 inspections last year, compared to 27 carried out in Leitrim, and 47 in Roscommon.

 

The main reasons for the failures include structural defects and a lack of maintenance.

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The report showed that 47% of issues identified in tanks in Leitrim were rectified by the end of last year, 45% had been addressed in Roscommon, and 94% had been resolved in Longford.

 

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