The new regulations surrounding septic tanks under the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 will be discussed at a public meeting in the Longford Arms Hotel on Thursday, March 15 next at 8pm. The meeting, which has been organised by Cllr Michael Connellan (FF), will be attended by former FF Deputy Leader, Eamon O’Cuiv TD, as well as Brendan Quaine, engineer and Mervyn Keegan, environmental consultant.
Late last week, a consultation paper on the proposed regulations was published by Minister Phil Hogan. However, opponents to the regulations – including Deputy O’Cuiv – have strongly criticised the consultation paper, saying that it does not provide the necessary information required by septic tank owners.
Cllr Michael Connellan holds serious concerns over the proposed measures and believes that many homeowners across the county could be faced with having to fork out thousands of euros to upgrade existing septic tanks and introduce appropriate percolation areas.
“The lack of information with regard to the regulations is not good enough; people deserve to know what they are going to be faced with,” he said, adding that some home owners may have to spend as much as “€8,000 or €10,000” in the process.
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