Grants of up to €4,000 to help protect water quality

Cork South West Fine Gael TD is happy to have received confirmation from the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., today (17 December 2012) that a grant scheme to provide financial assistance to households whose septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems, require remediation or upgrading following inspection under the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 will be made available to the owners.

Households that have income of less than €50,000 will qualify for assistance of 80% of the cost of the upgrades to a maximum of €4,000. Deputy Daly said he hopes that this clarification will now encourage the owners of septic tank units that have not yet registered them due to the fear of being exposed to a financial burden, to now do so as the core aim of this Legislation is to improve and protect the quality of such an essential resource as water, to every household in the Country.

Inspections are expected to commence in 2013 and will be based on a national inspection plan currently being finalised by the Environmental Protection Agency. All domestic septic tanks and other waste water systems should be registered not later than 1st February 2013 on www.ProtectOurWater.ie or by post or in local authority offices. Waste water systems that that have not been registered by 1st February will also be subject to inspection.
Household Income Thresholds and Grant Rates for septic tanks grant scheme.

Deputy Daly confirmed also that a strict condition of eligibility for grant aid will be that the householder has registered their system by the prescribed date of 1 February 2013 by stating “It will be a condition for eligibility for financial assistance under the scheme that householders comply with the legal requirement to register their system by 1 February 2013 on www.ProtectOurWater.ie.” To date 290,000 people (58%) have registered their systems. Census 2011 indicates that there are about 497,000 septic tanks and similar systems in Ireland.