No indications of grant aid or new maintenance standard
Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said septic tank owners across the country feel let down by the Environment Minister’s failure to address the real problems of charges they are facing. Senator Ó Domhnaill was commenting after Minister Phil announced a temporary reduction in the septic tank registration fee for anyone who registers in the first three months.
Senator Ó Domhnaill has said Minister Hogan has completely missed the point.
“This main concern of septic tank owners has always been the bills they are facing to upgrade or replace their septic tanks without any support from the State. This has never been about the €50 registration charge. The anger out there is about the fact that this Government is forcing septic tank owners to pay the entire cost of upgrading their systems, while those with access to urban sewerage schemes have no such costs.
“The Minister has consistently fudged questions in relation to the standards that will apply for passing the inspection stage. It is totally unfair of the Minister to request that people register their septic tanks without knowing what potential costs will be in terms of upgrading. Fianna Fáil has requested that grant aid of at least 85% of upgrade costs be made available, but the Minister has consistently refuse to accept our proposals.
“Thousands of people have attended public meetings around the country opposing the Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011 because of the fact that they simply cannot afford the cost of upgrading their septic tanks without any State support. A temporary reduction in the registration fee will do nothing to appease them.
“The full guidelines in relation to this legislation will not be announced for another two weeks. Fianna Fáil is again appealing to Minister Hogan and the Government to consider a grant scheme for homeowners whose private waste water systems fail the inspection.”
Posted: Feb 7, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized