The decision by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, to introduce a septic tank grant of up to €4,000 has been described as ‘a very positive move’ by local Labour Senator John Whelan.
He said that the scheme should allay the fears of householders who are worried about large costs they might incur if their systems fail an inspection.
Senator Whelan continued, “I also welcome the fact that the scheme will provide a higher level of support for those on lower income. Those with a household income of less than €50,000 may be eligible for a grant of up to €4,000, while households with an income of over €50,000 may quality for a grant of up to €2,500. There has been a lot of scaremongering about penal costs which failure to pass the septic tank inspection might inflict. This grant scheme is fair and reasonable and will be welcomed by septic tank owners.
“There is a strict condition of eligibility for septic tank owners for grant aid and the householder must register their system by the prescribed date of February 1, 2013.”