Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government Phil Hogan moved to reassure householders concerned about the cost of upgrading wastewater treatment systems that he was prepared to consider all possible options to provide financial support.
Speaking during a Dáil debate on the Septic Tank Registration Scheme, the Minister reminded the Dáil that the legislation had been introduced to ensure compliance with a European Court of Justice ruling against Ireland. It was important that the legislation was fully implemented, not just to comply with the court ruling but also to protect our valuable water resources.
“Regrettably, my predecessors in government exposed the State to potential EU fines,” he said. “I am aware that some householders are concerned that they may incur significant expense in repairing or upgrading their systems if they fail an inspection. As I have said on a number of occasions, I am prepared to consider all possible options to provide financial support for householders whose wastewater treatment systems are deemed, following inspection under the new legislation, to require substantial remediation or upgrading.”