Increased septic tank grants for Kilkenny homeowners from start of new year

Homeowners struggling with faulty septic tanks will be supported with funding of up to €12,000 to carry out remedial work from January 1, 2024, a local Fine Fail councilor has said.

Councilman Peter “Chap” Cleere said an increase in subsidies for home wastewater treatment systems (commonly known as septic tanks) will also benefit more homeowners starting next year.

“Septic tank grants are set to increase from €5,000 to €12,000, a massive 140% increase,” Cllr Cleere said.

“But more importantly, the previous requirement that the septic tank be registered with the local authority before February 1st 2013 will be removed, meaning more homeowners across Kilkenny will be eligible for these grants from January 1st become.”

Earlier this year a report found two out of three septic tanks in Kilkenny were failing inspections.

These expanded grants can be used to repair, upgrade, or even replace septic tanks that are not fit for purpose. “This is really positive news for detached and rural homeowners who have been faced with the challenge of maintaining properly functioning septic tanks. We know that there are almost half a million households across the country that are not connected to a public sewer network and therefore have their own network,” he said.

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