'Threats will fuel the belief that fee is essentially a rural tax'
Published 12/10/2012 | 05:00
SUGGESTIONS that home owners who have not registered their septic tanks will be among the first to be inspected may cause a stir in rural communities but it is unlikely to provoke a flood of registrations.
A survey carried out by the Irish Independent over the three days of the National Ploughing Championships in New Ross found just over half of farmers hadn't paid the charge and that 37pc of those who had not registered did not intend to do so.
However, the level of compliance with the registration regime has been worse, with just half of the 500,000 septic tank owners signed up so far.