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Septic Tanks

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 16 November 2021

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Questions (273, 283, 284)

Martin Browne

Question:

273. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his plans to provide financial supports to households that need to replace their septic tanks but are outside of the specified priority areas or have not had their tanks inspected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55534/21]

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Martin Browne

Question:

283. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of households that have availed of grants for new septic tanks under each of the grant schemes by county in tabular form. [55711/21]

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Martin Browne

Question:

284. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the supports that are available to a homeowner with a defective septic tank who has not had an inspection and lives outside of the specific priority zones in which grants are available. [55712/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 273, 283 and 284 together.

Under the Water Services Acts 2007 and 2012 (Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems) Regulations 2012, the owner of a domestic waste water treatment system is responsible for its maintenance and renewal and shall ensure that its parts and components are fit for purpose, operational where appropriate and kept in good order and repair so as to prevent a risk to human health or the environment.

My Department provides financial assistance towards the remediation, repair or upgrading works to, or the replacement of a domestic waste water treatment system under new and revised grant schemes which launched in June 2020. The schemes are focused on areas of greatest environmental priority rather than general in application. This is in line with Government Policy which is framed in the context of meeting relevant obligations under legislation. The grant schemes are administered by the local authorities on behalf of my Department and details of the Terms and Conditions for each scheme can be found on my Department’s website at the following address:

www.gov.ie/en/publication/6cc1e-domestic-waste-water-treatment-systems-septic-tanks/

The table following sets out details of recoupment, from 04 June 2020 to 11 November 2021, by my Department to local authorities, under the Domestic Waste Water Treatment System Grant Schemes (also known as Septic Tanks), in the requested format.

Septic Tank Grants approved 04 June 2020 - 11 November 2021

County

No. of NIP*

No. of HSOCA*

No. of PAA*

Carlow

1

0

0

Cavan

1

0

0

Kerry

4

0

0

Kildare

1

0

0

Kilkenny

3

0

0

Laois

0

4

0

Longford

1

0

0

Limerick

3

0

0

Mayo

26

0

0

Meath

35

0

0

Offaly

3

0

0

Roscommon

11

0

0

Westmeath

1

0

0

Wexford

11

0

0

*NIP – National Inspection Plan; HSOCA – High Status Objective Catchment Areas; PAA – Prioritised Areas for Action.

In implementing the revised arrangements, my Department has undertaken to conduct a review of the grant schemes, to ensure their continued alignment with policy objectives. The specifics of this review are currently being formalised and it is anticipated that relevant stakeholders will be consulted e.g. local authorities etc. as appropriate. In finalising the structure and timeline for the review, consideration will be given to the most appropriate timing in order to ensure best engagement from relevant stakeholders. This review is expected to be completed next year.

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