The county of Leitrim has registered one of the lowest failure rates in the country when it comes to septic tank inspections
It’s emerged that half of the septic tanks in the country failed inspection last year with 20 per cent identified as a risk to human health and the environment.
The findings are contained in an Environmental Protection Agency report on Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems.
The report found enforcement by local authorities of failed septic tanks is inconsistent, with the lowest rates of failures fixed in Leitrim, Roscommon, Waterford, and Tipperary.
Noel Byrne of the EPA said the delay in fixing faulty septic tanks is posing a risk to public health.