A field study assessing the impact of on-site wastewater treatment systems on surface water quality in a Co. Monaghan catchment

Valerie McCarthy, Patrick Rafferty, S. Linnane, Alison Orr, Raymond Flynn

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of International Symposium on Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Disposal
    PublisherEnvironmental Protection Agency
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2012
    EventInternational symposium on domestic wastewater treatment and disposal systems - Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 10 Sep 201211 Sep 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational symposium on domestic wastewater treatment and disposal systems
    CountryIreland
    CityDublin
    Period10/09/201211/09/2012

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    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.