Thursday, 7 March 2013

Ceisteanna (155, 158, 159, 160, 161, 164, 171)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

155. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if septic tank registration will have to be renewed every five years; and if there will be a renewal charge on each occasion. [12055/13]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

158. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of households who have registered their private waste water systems to date, broken down by county; the percentage who have registered in each county; if he intends to extend the deadline for registration for the purpose of being eligible for the upgrade grants to the date of the announcement of the details of these grants and the availability of application forms for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12076/13]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

159. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the date on which he will announce details of the grant scheme for the upgrade of private waste water systems; if persons who have registered by that date will be eligible for the grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12077/13]

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Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

160. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when householders will be able to avail of grants to improve their septic tanks. [12079/13]

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Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

161. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if householders can be proactive and if they will able to avail of grants to improve their septic tanks in advance of any inspection being carried out by their local authority or if they will have to wait to be inspected and failed. [12080/13]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

164. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in view of the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency not to commence inspections until July 2013, if all householders who have registered their private waste water system by that date will be eligible for the grants announced by him for private waste water systems; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12118/13]

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Brendan Smith

Ceist:

171. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will outline details of the proposed grant scheme for the upgrading of septic tanks; when the scheme will become operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12270/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 155, 158 to 161, inclusive, 164 and 171 together.

In relation to the grant scheme for septic tanks, I refer to the reply to Question No. 440 of 26 February 2013 which sets out the position in this matter. Section 70B(5) of the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 provides that a certificate of registration for a domestic waste water treatment system will be valid for five years. The legislation does not provide for a re-registration fee and I have no plans to introduce such a fee.

As of 5 March 2013, applications in respect of the on-site wastewater treatment systems of 389,891 owners had been processed and approximately 3 5,000 additional registration applications were awaiting processing by the bureau operated by the Local Government Management Agency. Details of the number of processed registrations for each County and City Council are set out in the table below. Registration facilities have been available since 26 June 2012 and have been comprehensively publicised. The deadline for householders to register was 1 February 2013 and I have no plans to extend this date. However, owners of domestic wastewater systems who have not yet registered may still do so and there are no late payment fees payable.

Registrations processed as of 5 March 2013

Water Services Authority

Estimated total number of on-site waste water treatment systems [1]

Number of on-site waste water treatment systems registered

Number of on-site waste water treatment systems registered as a percentage of the estimated total number

Carlow County Council

7190

5,440

76%

Cavan County Council

14477

12,369

85%

Clare County Council

19769

18,085

91%

Cork City Council

586

511

87%

Cork County Council

57993

41,690

72%

Donegal County Council

32955

21,255

64%

Dublin City Council

2718

110

4%

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

1928

1,028

53%

Fingal County Council

5213

2,928

56%

Galway City Council

1145

671

59%

Galway County Council

42161

33,473

79%

Kerry County Council

28277

28,598

100%

Kildare County Council

16795

12,518

75%

Kilkenny County Council

15368

12,011

78%

Laois County Council

11309

8,843

78%

Leitrim County Council

7005

6,488

93%

Limerick City Council

420

240

57%

Limerick County Council

24207

18,510

76%

Longford County Council

7556

6,233

82%

Louth County Council

11633

8,255

71%

Mayo County Council

26659

23,094

87%

Meath County Council

21687

16,459

76%

Monaghan County Council

12065

8,095

67%

North Tipperary County Council

12342

10,565

86%

Offaly County Council

11170

8,403

75%

Roscommon County Council

14297

12,627

88%

Sligo County Council

11192

9,493

85%

South Dublin County Council

2266

1,119

49%

South Tipperary County Council

14442

11,257

78%

Waterford City Council

488

348

71%

Waterford County Council

11466

7,944

69%

Westmeath County Council

12165

9,741

80%

Wexford County Council

26267

21,432

82%

Wicklow County Council

12070

10,058

83%

1Based on CENSUS 2011