Desludging septic tanks and wastewater treatment plants
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent public body and is responsible for supervising Local Authorities (LA) when they inspect wastewater systems. It is done to ensure that the systems are suitable and well maintained. Indeed, a quarter of wastewater systems inspected failed the LAs inspection due to poor operation and poor maintenance. More details from the EPA website.
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Does your septic tank or wastewater treatment plant need desludging? How to check?
By law, homeowners must ensure that their wastewater treatment solution is installed, operated and maintained to make sure it doesn’t pose a risk to human health and the environment.
Regularly maintenance and desludging are therefore essential to maintaining a wastewater system running smoothly.
Sludge level in the tank. As the sludge or build up of solids occur the space in the septic tank or wastewater treatment system to treat the effluent is reduced. As the level of sludge increases, the efficiency of the system decreases. A system that is never desludged is at risk of failure and causing problems.
When to desludge? When the mud reaches 50% of the total volume of the tank. To check the volume of mud in your tank we strongly recommend to contact a technician.
How to check the sludge level Tricel Novo wastewater treatment plant? When the mud reaches 50% of the total volume of the tank. To check the volume of mud in your tank we strongly recommend to contact a technician.
How often should you desludge a septic tank or wastewater treatment plant?
Tricel Vento septic tank desludging frequency
When the sludge is occupying 50% of the volume of the primary chamber desludging is required, this is when the sludge is 700mm deep. For desludging periods, which depends on the occupancy of the dwelling, please refer to the table below
Tricel Novo wastewater treatment plant desludging frequency. For Tricel Novo wastewater treatment place, depending on usage desludging might be necessary every 1-3 years. The Tricel Novo will require a full service every year to guarantee the efficiency of the plant.
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Keep records of your septic desludging or wastewater treatment plant.
We recommend that you keep a log along with the receipts from the licenced company. This might come handy to prove that your system has been regularly maintained, in the following situations:
- Inspection from the EPA.
- If you decide to sell your house.
- Moreover, it is required by law to keep records of sludge removal and maintenance for five years.
Desludging should be done by licensed waste collection companies. Only registered and licensed waste collection companies should be used to desludge your septic tank or wastewater treatment plant. They are insured as well as trained to safely & efficiently handle and dispose of the sludge. They make sure the sludge doesn’t pose any health hazard to the public or cause pollution to the environment.
To find details of a licenced desludging company near you, research online or contact your local authority for a list of contractors. There is the potential danger of falling into the tank during desludging when manholes may be open – take all necessary safety precautions when desludging.
Farmers with their own land, you can spread their own sludge but only in accordance with the Waste Management (Use of Sewage Sludge in Agriculture) Regulations.
The cost of desludging. Only competent approved personnel should carry out de-sludging.
Desludging costs vary between counties and suppliers, as a rule of thumb the costs are situated between 200€ and 400€. Make sure to get a waste disposal certificate from wastewater disposal company.
Where does the sludge go? Permitted contractors bring the sludge to authorised facilities for treatment, details of which are available from your local authority.
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Ballyspillane Industrial Estate, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 X253, Ireland
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