David Stanton, Fine Gael TD for Cork East, has urged local septic tank owners to register their system for the reduced fee of €5 before this Friday, September 28th. After that, the registration fee will increase to €50. All systems must be registered before 1st February 2013.
“The Government is implementing a registration and inspection regime for septic tanks for two simple reasons; to protect our water supplies and to comply with our European obligations. Enhancing and protecting public health and the environment by ensuring we have excellent water quality will be of benefit to people living right across East Cork.
“By having a proper inspection regime in place, we are not just improving water standards and security for householders, we are also sending an important message to local businesses and investors. The tourism, recreation, agricultural and food-producing sectors all rely on a clean water supply. Furthermore, a reliable and high quality supply is very important when trying to attract high growth sectors such as pharmaceuticals and ICT.
“We must implement a septic tank inspection regime to comply with a European Court of Justice ruling in 2009 so we are not liable for large fines. Despite promising to introduce an inspection regime, the last Government did nothing about it. Unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. We need make sure we are properly treating our waste water for our own economic benefits, and to avoid large fines from Europe.
“Anecdotal evidence has shown that the introduction of the registration has already improved our environment with people locating their tanks for the first time in years and getting them de-sludged. So my advice to septic tanks owners in East Cork is to register in the coming days for the reduced fee of €5.
“It’s important that all septic tanks are registered before a risk-based system of inspections begins in 2013. Inspections will be evidence based, in other words, unless there is evidence of endangerment of human health or the environment, the system in place should pass inspection. Imposing any kind of extra fee upon homeowners is regrettable during such tough economic times; but this new approach to waste water is to everyone’s benefit, so now is the time to register your septic tank for just €5.”
Contact: David Stanton TD, Tel: 021 4632867, http://stanton.ie
Note to Editors:
Owners of domestic waste-water treatments systems need to:
1. Know where their septic tank is located;
2. Operate and maintain the system so it is fit for purpose and fully operational;
3. The system cannot pollute the environment by discharging/leaking waste anywhere into the ground or any water source;
4. Roof water or surface water run-off cannot enter a domestic waste water treatment system;
5. The system should be de-sludged at intervals appropriate to the tank capacity and the number of persons resident in the premises connected to it or as recommended by the system’s manufacturer.
There are three ways people can register their system:
1. Online at www.ProtectOurWater.ie
2. By Post: Forms can be got in City/County Councils, libraries and Citizens Information Centres or by calling LoCall1890-800 800 for information. Cheques made Payable: ‘Protect Our Water’ and post to: Protect our Water, PO Box 12204, Dublin 7.
3. Local Authority Office (there is no administration fee)