Bannon points to positives as septic tank inspections commence

The announcement recently by Minister Phil Hogan that grant aid for septic tank upgrading will be provided for, may ease the financial burden from some home-owners, one local public representative believes.

The announcement recently by Minister Phil Hogan that grant aid for septic tank upgrading will be provided for, may ease the financial burden from some home-owners, one local public representative believes.

Fine Geal’s Deputy James Bannon TD, said that the grant scheme had been established to provide financial assistance to home-owners and pointed to the fact that septic tanks inspections were expected to get under way in the coming weeks.

“Septic tank inspections are due to get underway in the New Year, and this announcement that grants are to be made available for remedial works will provide extra reassurance to householders,” Deputy Bannon added. “The reality is, that, the vast majority of septic tanks will pass inspections, however there will be some that will not. Grants of up to €4,000 will be made available to householders who need to upgrade their treatment systems, and this will go a considerable way to ensuring that the remedial works will not place undue financial pressure on householders.

Domestic tanks and other waste water systems should be registered by February 1, 2013 and it is important to add that only householders who register their systems will be eligible for a grant.”

The local TD went on to say that the majority of  the country’s septic tanks “were working well” and the new legislation on ground water quality would serve as a boost to both the economy and to the environment. “Ensuring we have effective waste water treatment systems is essential for the environment and for our economy,” Deputy Bannon added. “Protecting groundwater is vital and the grant scheme will be of particular benefit to lower income families, as households with an income of less than €50,000 will be able to apply for up to 80 percent of the cost of remedial works.”

He went on to say that rural people understood fully the importance of protecting the country’s water supplies. “This new inspection regime will not only enhance our water supplies, it will have a positive effect on the tourism, recreation, agricultural and food-producing sectors - all of which rely on clean water,” he concluded. For more information on registration log onto www.ProtectOurWater.ie.