Thursday, 3 June 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
263. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if a response and advice will issue in relation to concerns raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) regarding access to grants for a septic tank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30280/21]
My Department provides financial support to eligible homeowners towards the remediation, repair, or upgrading works to, or replacement of, domestic waste water treatment systems where an Advisory Notice has issued on foot of an inspection under the EPA’s National Inspection Plan.
Additionally, to support the attainment of water quality objectives in “prioritised areas for action and “high status objective catchment areas” as identified in the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021, financial support is also available to eligible homeowners towards the remediation, repair, or upgrading works to, or replacement of, domestic waste water treatment systems.
These grant schemes are administered by local authorities on behalf of my Department, however, these schemes are not universal and there are certain terms and conditions regarding eligibility under each scheme. Prospective applicants should contact the rural water section in their local authority for application forms and further information.
Comprehensive details of the grants and other relevant information are available on my Departments website at the link under:
It should also be noted, that 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 environment.