Septic Tank Grants for 2022 Explained
On the 27th May 2020 the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in conjunction with the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), changed the septic tank grant system. There is now 3 different types of grant schemes in Ireland, all providing grant aid up to €5,000. The criteria for each septic tank grant is different as outlines below. It must be noted that each of the 3 grants are unfortunately, as a result of their design by the Department, are out of reach of the vast majority of homeowners. Below is a outline of the updated and new grants available.
The Main Points:
There is currently 3 separate financial grant assistance measures for upgrading or replacing your septic tank system, before we look at the 3 types it should be noted that:
> The grant can cover up to 85% of the total cost or a maximum of €5,000 towards the cost of upgrading or replacing your septic tank.
> There is a very limited area throughout Ireland that is covered for a grant, so its important to understand if you are eligible based on your locatoion - Most households are unfortunately - not eligible for any of the 3 grants.
> Sepcon can assess your eligibility for a grant and if you are eligible we will assist with your application.
So, do you qualify for a septic tank grant?
To qualify for a septic tank grant you must:
> Be in a designated area under the High Status Objective Catchment Area 2018 to 2021. - See map below - Green areas are eligible for a grant.
> Be in a Area for Action in accordance with the River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 and receive a letter of grant eligibility from LAWPRO.
Please be aware: This particular grant could be considered as misleading to homeowners - as only homes directly backing a select number of rivers and streams will be considered for a letter of grant eligibility and the vast majority the homes across Ireland will unfortunately not receive a letter of eligibility. We advise homeowners who may have concerns of their eligibility for this particular grant to contact LAWPRO to confirm their eligibility.
> Have had your septic tank inspected by your local authority under the national inspection plan and subsequently failed the inspection.
> Have registered your septic tank with protectourwater.ie BEFORE the 1 February 2013 to qualify.
> Have a septic tank system or advanced sewage system which likely to be causing pollution or is causing pollution to groundwater.
> Submit a valid design and proposal for approval - (Completed by Sepcon as part of the overall package)
The truth about septic tank grants in Ireland
The entire septic tank grant system in Ireland is designed to portray that there is a grant available in order to fulfill the governments requirements under the relevant EU water quality directives. It is unfortunately, very much 'smoke and mirrors' as the criteria to meet as set out above makes it practically impossible for over 99% of homeowners to be eligible for a grant. By the nature of the design of the grant system, it is out of reach of over 99% of the 500,000 homeowners throughout Ireland that have a septic tank, which unfortunately, makes it more of a lottery than an actual grant.
Although unlikely, if you wish to confirm your eligibility, Sepcon will happily test your eligibility for a grant and assist in the application process to help ensure a smooth and stress free process. The more grants we can push the better. The grant assessment service is provided at no charge.
Septic tank grant Ireland FAQ - what do I do next?
Therefore a single solution can't be offered to everyone. It is crucial to carry out a percolation test in order to know how good your soil soaks and to determine the maximum height of the water table (in order to maintain relevant separations as per the EPA Code of Practice 2009).
A site assessment is also generally required in order to apply for a grant. Sepcon have a dedicated team that will assist in providing the relevant site assessment information and documents in order to lodge your planning application.
Contact us today to discuss your individual requirements.
A sewage treatment unit normally consists of 3 or more chambers. The first chamber holds the solid waste, the second is where the effluent treatment takes place and the the third is the final settlement chamber. Treatment units are ideals for sites with poor soakage as the effluent quality is better upon discharge to the percolation area.