The Water Services (Amendment) Bill provides for a proportionate and risk based method for the inspection of septic tanks.
All house holders that have a septic tank or similar system on their property will be required to register with the local authority. A national database willl then be compiled.
The registration system will begin in April 2012 and people will then have 12 months to register.
The fee for registering within the first 3 months from April 2012 will be €5 and there after it rises to €50.
An interval of 5 years is forecast between each inspection.
After an inspection a householder may be instructed to carry out maintenance on their septic tank sytem or in other cases remedial works may be needed or even upgrades.