Home owners who are experiencing problems with their septic tanks and who need financial assistance from their local authorities have been informed by the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D., that, under the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems Financial Assistance, there is a grant scheme available to assist with the cost of remediation of septic tanks and domestic waste water treatment systems.
This will be determined following an inspection under the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Inspection Plan.
Limited Financial Resources
The grant scheme insures that the limited financial resources available are targeted towards householders particularly those on lower incomes who incur expenditure directly as a result of the implementation of the water services amendment act. The regulation provides that subject to the applicant meeting all qualification criteria a local authority may pay a grant to a person who is required following an inspection to have repairs or upgrades to or replacement of septic tanks or other domestic waste water treatment systems.
Applications for grant aid are administered by the local authority in whose functional areas the particular domestic waste water treatment system requiring remediation is situated where a local authority pays a grant under the scheme. The minister’s department will recoup 100% of the amount paid by the local authority.
The Minister was responding to a Parliamentary Question by Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae who raised the matter in recent days in the Dail.
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