A new grant scheme for households who need to upgrade their septic tanks has been announced by Minister Phil Hogan.
The scheme is being established to provide financial assistance to householders and grants of up to €4,000 will be made available to householders who need to upgrade their treatment systems.
The move was welcomed by Galway Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh, who said it would go “a considerable way” to ensuring that the remedial works will not place undue financial pressure on the householders involved.
Only householders who register their systems before the deadline of 1 February will be eligible for the grant.
“Minister Hogan gave a commitment last year to introduce a grant scheme for septic tank owners. Today’s announcement will be of particular benefit to lower income families. Households with an income of less than €50,000 will be able to apply for up to 80 per cent of the cost of remedial works,” said Deputy Walsh.
“People living in rural areas fully understand the importance of protecting our water supplies. This new inspection regime will not only enhance our water supplies, it will have a positive effect on the tourism, recreation, agricultural and food-producing sectors, all of which rely on clean water.”