Noel Coonan TD is urging householders to register their septic tank on a reduced fee of €5, which applies until today, 28 September. The local Fine Gael TD said after that a €50 registration fee will apply.
“Time is running out to register at the reduced fee so it is important to register as soon as possible,” said Deputy Coonan. “We want to make this process as painless as possible by having the lower modest fee of €5. This was introduced to incentivise early registration and the fee will cover the costs to the water services authorities of administering the registration system and of managing the risk-based inspections to be carried out,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Registration forms are also available at my office and homeowners can pay online at www.protectourwater.ie, by post or at your local authority office. Feel free to contact my office eon 0504 32544 for a form and I would be glad to help,” continued the local TD.
Deputy Coonan explained there are two main reasons for the implementation of the registration and inspection regime for septic tanks. The first is to enhance and protect public health and the environment which will, in turn, benefit rural dwellers in terms of a better quality of life and better quality water. Clean water is vital for attracting inward investment and to support water hungry sectors such as pharmaceuticals and ICT.
The second reason for the legislation is to ensure compliance with the European Court of Justice ruling against Ireland in October 2009 in relation to the treatment of waste waters from septic tanks and other on-site wastewater treatment systems, which the last Government failed to address.