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Upgrading of septic tanks ‘in everybody’s interest’ – Kenny

3 July, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Speaking from the Dáil yesterday, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal said that new mechanical water treatment systems produce a discharge which is at least twice as clean as the large systems in towns and cities and it is in everyone’s interest that septic tanks are working well. He was calling for the removal of means tests from the granting of €5,000 towards septic tank replacement.

In response to the announcement yesterday that half of septic tanks inspected by the EPA had failed, Deputy Kenny said:

“This needs to be put into context, as the relatively small number inspected are sites where the local authority expected they would fail and a positive way of viewing it that half of them passed. 

“So, inspections are triggered by pollution checks and therefore the very high rate of failures is to be expected, but is not a reflection of the overall standard of sewage treatment at rural houses. 

“When a septic tank system is inspected and fails, the local authority will also do an assessment and recommend works to be done to remedy the problem, in some cases it may only require desludging the tank and in others in may require works to the percolation area.

“We would welcome the grant aid of €5,000 per tank and feel that the means test should not apply for the sake of the environment because it is in everybody’s interest that sewage treatment is working well. Upgrading is the solution.” 

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