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Could septic tanks be a thing of the past?

106 households in North Kildare will take part in the largest private group sewage scheme in Ireland.

Waste treatment tanks
Waste treatment tanks

MORE THAN 100 households in Kildare are set to take part in the largest private group sewage scheme in Ireland.

The project will take 106 septic tanks out of commission, with the aim of improving and protecting the local environment by creating a safer ecological system.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan launched the Barrogstown and Kilmacredock Waste Water (BKWW) Scheme today.

Hogan said that the initiative will “provide a road map for other communities in Ireland and will help to comply with both Irish and EU waste water disposal regulation”.

This scheme also shows how communities can come together to protect and develop the area in which they reside. The Barrogstown Kilmacredock community have a track record in local initiatives having previously undertaken a Group Water Scheme and a local road widening project to create improved access to the area.

The Department of the Environment has provided €10,000 to Kildare County Council to undertake a feasibility study into the BKWW scheme, with the intention of funding the scheme in 2015 through the Wastewater Grant Scheme.

The estimated cost of the network, which is 7.5km in length, is €1.03 million. The estimated contribution per household is €4,975, while the estimated grant per household is €6,500.

The community consists of 106 houses with a population of approximately 700 people.

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