Grant system will help upgrade septic tanks

Grant system will help upgrade septic tanks – Griffin Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has welcomed the announcement of a grant scheme to provide financial assistance to householders who need to upgrade their septic tanks or waste water treatment systems. 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 Griffin said that for the minority of those that do require remedial works, this grant will be of great assistance. “Up to €4,000 will be made available to householders who need to upgrade their treatment systems. This will go a considerable way to ensuring that the remedial works will not place undue financial pressure on the householders involved. Domestic tanks and other waste water systems should be registered by February 1st next and only householders who register their systems will be eligible for a grant. “Households with an income of less than €50,000 will be able to apply for up to 80% of the cost of remedial works. For households with an income of between €50,000 and €75,000, up to €2,500 or 50% will be available. “If you have not yet registered your septic tank, you can go to www.ProtectOurWater.ie. More than 290,000 have already registered their systems, and I would encourage any householders in Kerry who have not done so, to register their tank without delay or they may not be able to avail of the grant, should they need it.” ENDS Notes to the Editor: Inspections will be based on a national inspection plan currently being finalised by the Environmental Protection Agency. Owners of domestic waste-water treatments systems need to: · Know where their septic tank is located · Operate and maintain the system so it is fit for purpose and fully operational · Ensure the system does not pollute the environment by discharging/leaking waste anywhere it is not suppose to ie. Into the ground or any water source ; · Ensure that roof water or surface water run-off cannot enter a domestic waste water treatment system; · De-sludge the system at intervals appropriate to the tank capacity and the number of persons resident in the premises connected to it or as recommended by the system’s manufacturer. There are three ways people can register their system: Online at ProtectOurWater.ie, By Post: Forms are available in City/County Councils, libraries and Citizens Information Centres or by calling LoCall1890-800 800 for information. Cheques made Payable: ‘Protect Our Water’ and post to: Domestic Wastewater Systems Registration P.O Box 12204, D1 Local Authority Office (there is no administration fee)

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