Opposition slam septic charges
Newly published charges that will affect more than 400,000 rural households have been heavily criticised by opposition parties.
In an effort to avoid EU fines of €2.6m and daily fines of €26,000, risk-based inspections targeted at drinking-water sources or habitats will commence in 2013.
Under the Bill, householders will be required to register details of their septic tanks with their local authority in order to compile a national register.
This will cost each household €50 and re-registration will be required every five years. The revenue generated will be used to fund a local authority inspection regime.
If a tank fails to pass this inspection, the householder will be required to upgrade their system.
Fianna Fail TDs slammed the proposals, claiming that they could end up costing individual households €12,000.
"If a household appeals an inspector's findings and subsequently has to carry out upgrade works, the cost between inspection charges and registration charges could be up to €450," said Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv.
"Where a person with a septic tank is forced to replace it with a proprietary treatment plant, it could cost up to €12,000."