No quick fix: Waterford in water pollution red zone
Although the number of defective systems was not particularly high in Waterford, the rate of repair was one of the worst in the country.
Green Party councillor Susan Gallagher, who lectures in Civil Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology, said she is concerned by the public health implications.
“Infectious diseases caused by these organisms are especially serious for the elderly, the very young, pregnant people and those with decreased immunity,” she warned.
Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh advised householders to maintain septic tanks by having them cleaned out regularly and making sure they are not leaking.
“If your tank is inspected and is found to be failing, there are government grants available which will cover 85% of the costs of fixing the issue up to €5000,” he said.
“In the meantime, we would call on Waterford Council to expedite the process of remedying the issues identified in this report. The health of our people and our waterways are too important to leave slide in this way.”