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Deadline looms as one third of waste water treatment systems remain unregistered

Those who don’t register by this Friday could face a fine of up to €5,000.

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan (file photo)
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan (file photo)
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

OVER ONE THIRD of people with domestic waste water treatment systems have not yet registered them, just days before the deadline.

Figures released to TheJournal.ie by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) have shown that 312,383 people had registered as of today.

According to Census 2011, however, there are 487,911 domestic waste waster treatment systems, comprised of 437,652 septic tanks and 50,259 individual sewerage systems.

These numbers show a conformance rate of just over 64 per cent.

An estimated 186,331 registrations had been received before the reduced fee of €5 expired on 28 September.

After that, the cost of registering rose to €50.

The deadline by which owners of these treatment systems are required to register them is this Friday, 1 February.

When asked what would happen to those who had not registered (and paid) by the deadline, a spokesperson from the LGMA said:

Following the 1 February deadline, local authorities will be looking at their databases and collecting information on those properties that have not yet registered, and will follow up as appropriate.

Those who fail to register in time can face a fine of up to €5,000.

Read: The full county-by-county registration figures

More: Ireland fined €2 million over failure to impose septic tank rules >

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