Septic Tank Grants Explained 2020

In Ireland there is financial grant assistance when upgrading or replacing your septic tank system:

However there is a catch. The Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013 Grant is not available to the vast majority of homeowners as the following criteria must be met to be eligible:

  1. The septic system must be registered before 1st February 2013.
  2. The existing septic tank must be inspected by your local authority and then subsequently fail the inspection. (a homeowner cannot invite an inspection upon themselves)
  3. The household is means-tested to assess the grant amount available
Household income Percentage of costs available Maximum grant
Up to €50,000 per year 80% €4,000
Between €50,001 and €75,000 50% €2,500
Over €75,000 0% €0

The means testing above is due to be removed in 2020 and the grant aid is expected to be set at a maximum of €5,000 or 80% of the cost – whichever is less. Criteria 1 and 2 above must sill be satisfied.

 

 

Do you have a Question?

If I have a septic tank problem - what do I do next?

1I know my Septic Tank is not working, what is the first step?
The first step is to give us a call on 01 6287300 to arrange a site visit with our highly experienced Project Manager to view the extent of the issue.
There is not charge or obligation associated with the initial site visit.
We will arrange to meet you at a time that suits you and the Project Manager will be your direct Point of Contact throughout the entire upgrade process.
2What is a Percolation Test?
A percolation test is carried out to determine what type of sewage treatment system will be suitable for your property. The percolation test provides us with the soakage value of the soil, what depth the water table or bed is present at and a number of other factors. With these results and the assistance of Geological mapping we can provide you with the most suitable sewage system for your site.
3Why do I need to carry out a Percolation Test?
Percolation tests are carried to determine the size required for the percolation area. The soakage of the soil in every site varies. Some sites have good soakage and some are very poor.
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 percolation test is also required by law in order to apply for planning permission for a new build. 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.
4What is the difference between a Septic Tank and a Sewage Treatment Unit?
A septic tank normally consists of two chambers. The first chamber holds the solid waste and the second chamber holds the partially treated effluent. The effluent then enters the percolation area where further treatment takes place. Septic tanks are suitable for sites with a good soil soakage rate.
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.

In Ireland there is financial grant assistance when upgrading or replacing your septic tank system:

However there is a catch. The Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013 Grant is not available to the vast majority of homeowners as the following criteria must be met to be eligible:

  1. The septic system must be registered before 1st February 2013.
  2. The existing septic tank must be inspected by your local authority and then subsequently fail the inspection. (a homeowner cannot invite an inspection upon themselves)
  3. The household is means-tested to assess the grant amount available
Household income Percentage of costs available Maximum grant
Up to €50,000 per year 80% €4,000
Between €50,001 and €75,000 50% €2,500
Over €75,000 0% €0

The means testing above is due to be removed in 2020 and the grant aid is expected to be set at a maximum of €5,000 or 80% of the cost – whichever is less. Criteria 1 and 2 above must sill be satisfied.