Did you know that you could be entitled to a grant towards an upgrade of your old septic tank?

Since 2013 the EPA launched its National Inspection Plan aimed at inspecting domestic Septic Tanks/Waste Water Treatment Systems to improve the impact on the environment by protecting ground and surface water quality, particularly drinking water sources, from risks posed by faulty systems.

There are three grant schemes that may be available to you should your system fail an inspection or should you live in a prioritised area.

Give our team here in Oakstown a call today for more information or visit our website and see how we can help guide you through your process.

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Grants Overview


NIP (National Inspection Plan)

Purpose of the grant: To fix septic tank systems that fail inspection by a Local Authority under the National Inspection Plan and need remediation, repair, upgrading or replacement.

Conditions: The homeowner will receive an advisory notice from the Local Authority requiring the system to be fixed. The Local Authority will also handle the grant application.

Level of grant: 85% of the eligible costs of remediation, repair or upgrading works, or replacement of any such system or €5,000, whichever is the lower.

PAA (Prioritised Areas for Action)

Purpose of the grant: To fix septic tank systems in these areas that are or may be causing a threat to the environment and need remediation, repair, upgrading or replacement. These systems will be identified by the Local Authority Waters Programme Office who will issue a letter confirming eligibility to apply. The homeowner can then apply to the Local Authority for the grant.

Conditions: The house must be located in a Prioritised Area for Action in accordance with the River Basin Management Plan.

Or the potential applicant has received a letter from the Local Authority Waters Programme Office (LAWPRO) on behalf of the housing authority, confirming eligibility to apply for a grant.

Level of grant: 85% of the approved cost of the works subject to a maximum of €5,000.
Minimum expenditure, on eligible works, required to process the application is €750.

HSOCA (High Status Objective Catchment Areas)

Purpose of the grant: To fix septic tank systems in these areas that are or may be causing a threat to the environment and need remediation, repair, upgrading or replacement.

You can check if you are in these areas by inputting your EIRCODE in a map and apply to the Local Authority for the grant.

Conditions: The house must be located in a High-Status Objective Catchment Area in accordance with the RBMP.

The potential applicant has received a letter from the housing authority confirming eligibility to apply for a grant.

Level of grant: 85% of the approved cost of the works subject to a maximum of €5,000. The minimum expenditure, on eligible works, required to process the application is €750.

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