Septic Tanks & Puraflo FAQ’s 

Septic Tanks & Puraflo FAQ’s

septic tanks & Puraflo FAQ’s

I have a system of septic tanks with Puraflo. Can Anua Environmental maintain it?

Yes, We Service & Repair all legacy Bord Na Mona Puraflo sewage systems throughout Ireland. Including supply of peat fibers, pumps and general servicing.

How does the Puraflo Peat Module System Work?

Puraflo is an eco-friendly, modular waste water treatment system. The system uses a peat fibre biofiltre system making it one of the most sustainable waste water treatment systems on the market with very little energy consumption. Puraflo works in conjunction with your existing Septic Tank, Tricel or Streamline BAF System where a higher level of effluent filtration is required before being dispersed into the ground.

How can I tell if my Puraflo system is not working properly?

  • Blockages in manholes
  • Slowly draining toilets
  • Insect Infestation
  • Wet patches in the garden even in dry weather
  • Patches of green grass around the septic tank

What does the recent amendment to water service act mean for my Puraflo/ wastewater treatment system?

The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 requires local authorities to maintain a register of domestic waste water treatment systems in their local areas. Under the Act, owners of domestic waste water treatment systems must ensure that their systems are registered. The purpose of this amendment is to protect ground and surface water quality (particularly drinking water sources) from the risks posed by poorly functioning systems. Inspections of domestic systems have been in operation since the 1st February 2013. The EPA is responsible for the implementation of the national inspection plan & they use a risk-based approach to prioritise areas of higher risk to human health and water quality.

EPA Research Report

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Environmental Protection Agency Report

The EPA Research Report No. 161 has just recently been published.  It relates to “Assessment of disposal options for treated waste water from single houses in low permeability subsoils”.

The potential impacts of incorrectly situated or poorly constructed domestic waste water treatment systems (DWWTSs) include the pollution of either groundwater and/or surface water and places a risk on human health particularly via private wells.

This research has demonstrated with field trials a range of systems that may be a solution for on-site wastewater treatment and disposal in low permeability soils, although changes in current policy and legislation would be required to facilitate their use EPA staff will review the report and liaise with DECLG in relation to the relevant recommendations/findings highlighted by the authors and incorporate the findings into national guidelines as appropriate

A decision support tool, also produced by this study, has been developed for strategic assessment at a Local Authority level to inform policy. This has highlighted that surface water discharge may need to be reconsidered in areas where the discharge to ground is very problematic.  It has also shown that the concept of clustered decentralised systems could target a significant proportion of potentially poor sites in low permeability areas and therefore lower the burden of monitoring associated with individual discharge consents.

Download the full report here