A GRANT Scheme providing financial assistance to householders who need to upgrade their septic tanks or waste water treatment systems has been welcomed by Deputy Billy Timmins.
The scheme will see grants of up to €4,000 being made available to householders in need of an upgrade to their treatment systems. Domestic tanks and other waste water systems have to be registered by February 1, and only registered households can avail of the grant system.
' This announcement will be of particular benefit to lower income families. Households with an income of less than €50,000 will be able to apply for up to 80 per cent of the cost of remedial works,' says Deputy Timmins.
He went on to say, ' the majority of septic tanks are working well, but those that aren't pose a threat to our drinking water supplies. Ensuring we have effective waste water treatment systems is essential for the environment and for our economy. People living in rural areas fully understand the importance of protecting our water supplies. This new inspection regime will not only enhance our water supplies, it will have a positive effect on the tourism, recreation, agricultural and food-producing sectors, all of which rely on clean water.'