I welcomed the government's decision earlier this year to provide grants of up to €4,000 to assist homeowners with septic tank repairs.
However, because of the relatively low number of septic tank inspections to be carried out, and their focus, it will mean that the total cost to the State for remedial works where they arise will be quite small.
As a result, I am calling on the Government to fully fund remedial works especially for those with limited means.
Having spearheaded a lengthy public campaign to ensure an equitable arrangement for septic tank owners, I believe this would be a just course of action. The recently announced grants scheme is totally inadequate to meet what could be the major works necessary to achieve compliance with EPA and local authority requirements
I have followed this case through the courts for many years and I have spoken on several occasions both in the Dáil and in the European Parliament on the need for an equitable solution for septic tank owners.
Having initiated the septic tank campaign in June 2011, it seems obvious that it is the septic tanks with the most serious issues to be resolved that will be identified and requiring remediation.
Just as any wastewater problem in urban areas is fixed at no cost to householders those in rural areas deserve equal treatment. Literally €billions of EU and Irish government funds have been invested in treatment plants for urban areas and pro-rata rural people deserve to have any seriously deficient individual treatment plants made operationally safe.
If every one of the 1,000 treatment units to be inspected fail and require remedial works at, for instance, a cost of €10,000 each the total required of the government would be €10 million. This cost, to finish an unnecessary controversy should be very acceptable. The government should then move on to rectifying the major threat posed by deficient municipal waste plants to achieving the ‘good water’ target set down under the EU Water Framework Directive.
Constituents who have queries about their septic tanks and whether they will require an upgrade can consult the Department of Environment page here.
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