Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (189, 195)

Michael McGrath

Question:

189. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the inspection of septic tanks where a person is registered under the scheme and if they are inspected by their local authority; if the grant is available under the scheme allowing for a person to connect to the mains where this is available in their area. [35576/13]

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Ciaran Lynch

Question:

195. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the grant assistance available for the installation and maintenance of septic tanks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35807/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 195 together.

I refer to the reply to Questions 175 and 176 of 3 July 2013 which sets out the position in relation to the grants scheme for remediation of domestic waste water treatment systems. Full details, including eligibility criteria, are set down in the Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas library.

Where an inspection reveals a problem with a treatment system, issues such as the nature of the problem and the extent of the risk to human health or the environment will inform selection of the most appropriate, pragmatic and cost-effective remediation works, including the possibility of connection to a nearby public sewer.