There are over 100 houses in Mountmellick town that may face septic tank inspections, as they continue to wait for connection to the town’s sewerage system.
Mountmellick Cllr Paddy Bracken has asked the council to immediately connect the areas, which lie within the town boundary, to the main system, in the light of a new government grant to upgrade tanks in group schemes.
“There are over 100 houses within the town boundary on septic tanks. Some are functioning properly but more aren’t,” he said, adding that many houses are on sites too small to pass percolation standards for waste systems.
“The minister announced a group scheme of €6,500 per house, I don’t know if this will be adequate, but in 2013, we have people in those areas who haven’t got adequate facilities. The capacity is there, I hope pressure can be put on, it is necessary this is done,” he said.
Cllr David Goodwin seconded his motion.
“A lot of houses wouldn’t qualify (for acceptable septic systems), because of housing density and percolation. This €6,500 could be put to extending the connection and doing a good job. It seems to make a lot more sense,” he said.
There was no reply given to the motion.
Last December the Dept of the Environment announced a maximum grant of €4,000 per household to upgrade septic tank systems, depending on income.. There was also an increase of the grant to Group Sewerage Schemes of a maximum of €6,500 per house, or 75 per cent of the cost of an upgrade.