Over 72 percent of Co Leitrim residents living in properties served by a septic tank have registered their waste disposal systems.
With the deadline for registering looming the vast majority of the county’s estimated 6,922 septic tanks have been registered and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, expects even more to finalise their registration by February 1, 2013.
Neighbouring counties have returned similarly high registration rates with compliance running at 73.3 percent in Co Cavan; 70.3 percent in Co Sligo and 67 percent in Co Longford. However, Co Donegal has returned quite low registration rates with just 49.3 percent an estimated 32,359 households served by septic tanks paying the charge.
Co Kerry has the highest rate of compliance with 90.6 percent of properties registering their septic tanks while Dublin city has the lowest with just 88 of homeowners (that’s just 4.7%) actually registering for the charge.
Nationally the average is running at 64 percent of registrations.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív has called for an extension of the registration deadline.
“The Minister has imposed a deadline of February 1 st for septic tank registration. In my view it is completely unfair of the Minister to force the hand of septic tank owners in this way while so much confusion remains about the legislation and the inspection standards in particular. I and my party have appealed to Minister Hogan extend the registration deadline to end of April so that the new inspection standards can be published and scrutinised in full.”
Deputy Ó Cuív welcomed the fact the Government had made the grant aid available but said the €4,000 cap was disappointing in light of the actual costs of upgrading systems.