Poorly functioning on-site wastewater treatment systems (OSWTS) can be among the many sources of pollution to groundwater and surface water, which are of critical concern owing to potential human and ecological health risks. An investigation into the effects of on-site wastewater treatment systems (OSWTS) on surface water quality has been undertaken at several sites within a catchment in Co. Monaghan. The study sites were located in areas of 'low’ permeability, suggesting that run-off usually dominates over infiltration. Poor treatment performance of OSWTS within the catchment were found to be the result of several factors, including location in areas with unsuitable soil and site characteristics, incorrect installation, poor maintenance and inappropriate operation by the home owner.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of International Symposium on Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Disposal|
|Publisher||Environmental Protection Agency|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Sep 2012|
|Event||International symposium on domestic wastewater treatment and disposal systems - Dublin, Ireland|
Duration: 10 Sep 2012 → 11 Sep 2012
|Conference||International symposium on domestic wastewater treatment and disposal systems|
|Period||10/09/2012 → 11/09/2012|
McCarthy, V., Rafferty, P., Linnane, S., Orr, A., & Flynn, R. (2012). A field study assessing the impact of on-site wastewater treatment systems on surface water quality in a Co. Monaghan catchment. In Proceedings of International Symposium on Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Environmental Protection Agency.