Westmeath TD Nicky McFadden has asked homeowners to register their septic tanks before the deadline of February 1 to ensure they will be eligible to apply for a remediation grant if necessary.
Deputy McFadden warned that there was only a couple of weeks left for registration. “It is important that everyone is aware that it will not be possible to apply for a remediation grant if you have not registered your system,” she said.
She reminded constituents that inspections on septic tanks would follow shortly after the deadline date - but that most systems should pass without any issues. However she believes that for some people, repairs or upgrading of their tanks might be needed. Grants of up to 80 per cent of the cost of the remedial works, to a maximum of €4,000 could be available to owners, with the grants being targeted towards low income households.
“Septic tanks which are leaking or failing to work properly pose a threat to our drinking water supplies. Effective waste water treatment systems are essential for the environment and for our economy. This is of particular significance to people living in rural areas, who understand the importance of protecting local water supplies,” explained Deputy McFadden.
Risk-based inspections of septic tanks are due to commence shortly. Householders will be informed in writing by the council.
To register your tank simply log on to www.ProtectOurWater.ie; application forms are also available from the county council office, or in any Citizens’ Information Centre.