Only four out of 24,000 take up septic tank grant
ONLY four people have availed of septic tank grants in the county.
Gerry Forde of the Environment section of Wexford County Council said there are 23,681 septic tanks registered in the county.
Mr Forde said: 'Wexford County Council has engaged in a process of communication with the public and has carried out the inspections required by the EPA Inspection Plan.'
Director of Services John Carley said the local authority has carried out more inspections than it was required to.
'One third of the tanks had issues but the people are working through these failures and dealing with them. We have been engaging with the public.'
Cllr Fergie Kehoe asked why there has been so little take up of the grant scheme. 'Only four grants have been processed. Has it to do with people's earnings?'
Cllr Deirdre Wadding said a lot of people met the requirements and had their tanks passed, but they weren't up to EU standard. She said there should be support for people to remedy the situation. Cllr Paddy Kavanagh pointed out that septic tank owners can avail of grants of up to 80 per cent. 'I think people are very afraid of what it entails and that the costs will get out of hand (if they apply for these grants).'
Cllr Pip Breen said the high failure rate of Wexford tanks is concerning.
Mr Forde said grey water needs to be processed through septic tanks, adding that it is a major pollutant.