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Septic tank registrations pass one-in-four mark before €5 deadline

Over 20,000 homes which are eligible for mandatory inspections have signed up in the last few days, but overall interest remains low.

Inspection of septic tanks is mandatory under laws enacted last February in response to to a case at the European Court of Justice.
Inspection of septic tanks is mandatory under laws enacted last February in response to to a case at the European Court of Justice.
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THE NUMBER of homes which have registered for mandatory inspection of their septic tanks has increased by over 21,000 in the last few days – though almost three-quarters of homes are still yet to register.

The latest figures from the Local Government Management Agency show an estimated 109,466 homes as having registered for the inspections, days before a three-month special offer of €5 registrations closes, as of yesterday afternoon.

Homes registering after Friday, but before the February 1 deadline, will be asked to pay €50 instead.

The previous figures, from last Friday afternoon, showed an estimated 88,200 homes as having registered by that time – meaning registrations have increased by some

The figure includes 74,166 homes which have registered online, or whose registrations have been processed by council and LGMA offices, while it is estimated that a further 35,300 applications are on hand at those offices waiting to be processed.

Figures compiled from the Central Statistics Office, compiled on the last census, show a total of 437,652 domestic septic tanks in the state – indicating that just over a quarter of homes had registered, three days before the price for doing so increases tenfold.

Among registrations which have already been processed, Dublin City and Donegal have the lowest compliance rates; in Dublin, just 32 registrations had been processed despite their being 1,591 domestic septic tanks – a compliance rate of 2.01 per cent.

Waterford City has the highest compliance rate among those processed, at 26.9 per cent – with 108 of its 402 tanks registered by yesterday.

The inspection of domestic septic tanks was made mandatory last February, with the government claiming the moves were necessary if Ireland was to avoid incurring fines from the European Court of Justice for failing to implement European waste water directives.

Previously: Less than a fifth of homes register for septic tank inspections in €5 window

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