20-10-2014 : Everything you need to know about Drip Distribution.
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SiteAssessor.com is your one stop shop for anything and everything to do with all aspects of Wastewater. Whether you are a looking to Buy Septic Tank or looking for a Septic Tank Ireland then look no further. The website caters to all sectors of the wastewater industry i.e Homeowner, Site Assessor, Engineer, Installers or a member of a local Authority this site was designed with you all in mind.
The concept behind Site Assessor.com materialised approx 8 years ago after a FAS/EPA course which was completed in Nov 07. At that training and subsequent meetings it became evident that the wastewater community were in favour of an online wastewater resource. Hence the birth of this website SiteAssessor.com Over the years the website has developed in to Irelands no.1 wastewater resource. We have approx 1300 members, primarily fellow site assessors, engineers, architect and members of local authorities. Membership is free. There are number of areas which are a big hit on the site. The main focus is the Blog section. Users of the site are constantly looking for fresh up-to-date information on developments within the wastewater industry whether it is covering addendums to the EPA Code of Practice or blogging about the current Inspection of septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems.
A new registration and inspection regime was introduced in 2012 for domestic waste water treatment systems, such as septic tanks. The regime aims to protect ground and surface water quality from the risks posed by systems that are not working properly. It was introduced under the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 with further detail in a set of Regulations of 2012. If you have a septic tank or similar system, you must register its details with your local authority and pay a registration fee. You will have to re-register after 5 years but you will not have to pay a fee for the second or subsequent registrations. The general deadline for registration was 1 February 2013, but late registrations are still being accepted. If you register an existing system after the deadline, you will not be eligible for any grant if your system is found to need remedial work. New systems installed or built after 1 February 2013 must be registered within 90 days of being connected. Replacements of previously registered systems do not have to be registered separately.
Local authorities arrange for inspections to be carried out. The inspectors are appointed and approved by the EPA. They have to carry identification and show it to householders on request. Inspections started in 2013. They concentrate on areas with high risk to the environment and public health – where drinking water sources or habitats are at risk from waste water discharges. They are also being carried out in areas of lower risk, but at a lower rate. Your local authority will notify you if your domestic waste water treatment system is to be inspected. If the inspector finds that your system is working properly and being maintained correctly, you need take no extra action. Otherwise you will get an advisory notice from the local authority, requiring you to improve the maintenance of your system or to upgrade or remediate it. Any remediation work required will be based on factors such as the nature of the problem, the extent of risk to public health or the environment, existing site size and the hydrological and geological conditions present. If you need to carry out this type of work, you may be able to get a grant to help with the cost of the work required. The grant is means-tested. In order to be eligible for a grant, you must have registered by 1 February 2013.
Quite a few people visiting the site are looking to Buy Septic Tank or looking for a Septic Tank Ireland. If you have a septic tank or similar domestic waste water treatment system, you already have a duty of care (under the Water Services Act 2007) to ensure that your treatment system does not cause a risk to human health or the environment or create a nuisance through odours. The 2012 Act adds to the existing duty of care provisions.
The EPA’s 2009 Code of Practice on waste water treatment systems for single houses sets out the most up-to-date standards. However, these are not being applied to older systems. The 2012 Regulations define performance standards, including maintenance and de-sludging requirements. The review of the first year of the National Inspection Plan for septic tanks has shown that almost half of household septic tanks fail inspection. The Environmental Protection Agency report showed that 48% of household septic tanks inspected by local authorities failed. Many of the failures could be avoided by householders taking simple steps to de-sludge and maintain their treatment system. 987 inspections were carried out by local authority inspectors and more than half of domestic waste water treatment systems passed inspection. The EPA has said that it expected the failure rate to be significant, but that many of the failures could have been avoided by very simple measures. Programme Manager of the EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement David Flynn told RTÉ's News at One that half of the problems were very straight-forward, and required cleaning the tank rather than replacing it. He said the EPA is trying to increase the awareness of servicing the tank on an ongoing basis. "We were expecting that the failure rate would be significant and I think what this shows is that the failures, a lot of them could have been avoided by very simple things that people could do, such as de-sludging the tank, which is effectively just emptying the system on a regular basis," he said.
In 2009 we added a shop section to the website. We were inundated with enquiries where people could Buy Septic Tank or looking for a Septic Tank Ireland. Gradually over the years the shop has also become a main focal point of the website. We sell Air Pumps/Air Blowers, Calming/Stilling Chambers, Distribution Box Risers, Distribution Boxes, Flow Divider, Percolation/Leaching Chambers, Pressurised Distribution System, Risers & Lids, Sand EPA Cop, Septic Tank Filters, Septic Tanks, Submersible Pumps, Treatment Units / Bio Units, UV - Filters, Vent Odour Filters In 2014 we were delighted to announce we secured distribution rights for the Nitto Kohki range of air blowers, the most common air blower sold in Ireland over the last 15 years.
We currently supply and install all the various components for a Sand polishing filter. Our systems are developed to “EPA Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems Serving Single Houses (p.e. ? 10) 2009”. It provides a dual function of polishing the effluent from a wastewater treatment system and disposing of the treated liquid into groundwater. It incorporates an enclosed sand filter, which can be installed under or overground at varying heights to suit all site conditions. Sand filters can also be designed for larger applications ranging from schools to nursing homes.