Register tank now to avail of reduced fee

Published 25/09/2012 | 15:56

Dear Editor,

I'm urging all owners of domestic wastewater treatment systems to register their systems before September 28 at the reduced €5 fee.

A €50 charge will apply thereafter and all registrations must be completed on by 1st February 2013.

I have renewed this call following on from figures which I received from the Department of the Environment, showing that only 10% of systems in Sligo and 9% in Leitrim had been registered up this week.

The registration and inspection of domestic wastewater systems has been introduced following a European Court of Justice ruling against Ireland in 2009.

It aims to protect ground and surface water quality, particularly drinking water, from malfunctioning systems.

I have been assured by the Department that future inspections will not simply seek to impose modern standards on older systems. Yours, Senator Michael Comiskey

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