Mayo householders to benefit from 140% increase in septic tank grants

Sat. Nov. 4, 2023, 10:25 a.m

The subsidies for domestic wastewater treatment plants (septic tanks) are to be increased from 5,000 euros to 12,000 euros.

State Minister Dara Calleary has also announced that the requirement that the septic tank be registered with the local authority before February 1, 2013 will be removed.

He explained: “The changes, which come into force on January 1, 2024, mean more households across Mayo will be eligible for the grants and will be supported to upgrade or replace their tank through a greatly increased grant.”

Domestic wastewater treatment plants collect, treat and discharge wastewater from households that are not connected to the public sewer system. They must be registered with Mayo County Council, who can inspect them to ensure they do not pose a risk to the public and the environment.

Grants of up to €5,000 are currently available for the repair, modernization or replacement of a septic tank, provided it was registered before February 1, 2013. The maximum grant is now increased by 140% to €12,000 and is available to all eligible septic tank owners.

Minister Calleary said: “These are very important changes that will help households, including many in Mayo, by reducing the financial burden associated with upgrading, repairing or replacing a septic tank.”

“I have been working with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien on this matter for some time and have provided him with feedback from many stakeholders, including homeowners, local councils and others who are committed to these changes.

“I believe they will encourage more households in Mayo to take up the grant, helping to reduce the risk of environmental damage caused by faulty tanks.”

Sat. Nov. 4, 2023, 10:25 a.m

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