SPECIALLY trained Kerry County Council staff will begin inspecting septic tanks across the county by the middle of this year and anyone who hasn't registered by the February 1 deadline may be liable for a fine of up to €5,000 if convicted on prosecution.
To date, 24,000 homeowners in Kerry have registered their tanks for inspection - which is required under new EU regulations - but officials are encouraging the remaining 10,000-15,000 homeowners to do so immediately as the deadline fast approaches.
At Monday's meeting of Kerry County Council, officials again highlighted the availability of grant aid of €4,000 which is being made available for upgrade works if required, but stressed that this is only applicable to those who have registered before February 1.
The ' high risk' areas will be targeted initially, with the aim of improving water quality. If the tank passes an inspection, the owner will be given a letter to that effect, but if it fails the owner will receive notification of works required. It is hoped that home wners will be given 12 months to carry our the necessary remedial works.
Anyone who has not yet registered their septic tank for inspection is asked to do so immediately either online at www.protectourwater.ie or by picking up at form at Kerry County Council's main office at Rathass, Tralee or at its area offices across the county.