Calls for septic tanks support
The IFA has called for help for rural dwellers who may be compelled to upgrade septic tanks systems.
The farm organisation wants to base the scheme on the Warmer Home Scheme that provides tax relief and grant support to people for upgrading the insulation in their homes.
The move comes following a survey in last week's Farming Independent that revealed that new septic tank rules could cost rural households over €150m in upgrades alone. One in six respondents said they believed that their sewage treatment systems would not pass an inspection by the local authority.
"The Department of Environment has an urban wastewater budget of almost €2bn and if the Government are serious about tackling the septic tank issue, then some of this budget must be diverted to a retrofit scheme for septic tanks," said the IFA's rural development chairman, Pat Farrell.
"It will stimulate job creation while also providing the necessary supports to allow people comply with the requirements.
"The Department of Environment and the EPA must revise the percolation criteria or introduce a waste water treatment specification that will allow farm families to live and work in their local communities, particularly addressing the issue in counties Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo," he said.