Increase in septic tank registrations

Declan Magee

Reporter:

Declan Magee

Just over 11 per cent of households in Donegal with septic tanks have registered ahead of a reduced registration fee deadline, according to the latest figures.

Just over 11 per cent of households in Donegal with septic tanks have registered ahead of a reduced registration fee deadline, according to the latest figures.

From Friday the fee for registering a septic tank or waste-water treatment system will increase from €5 to €50. All households with a septic tank or waste-water treatment system must register by February 1st next year.

Figures released by the Local Government Management Agency yesterday showed that 3,413 households in Donegal had registered by Wednesday morning. Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) based on the 2011 census show there are 30,383 wastewater treatment systems in Donegal. Last week it was claimed that just 6 per cent of households in Donegal had registered.

A spokeswoman for Donegal County Council said: “We understand that there is a considerable number of registrations being processed at the minute and for this reason it is difficult to give figures for the number of households who have registered at this time.”

Donegal has the third highest number of on-site wastewater treatment systems in the county after Cork (52,009) and Galway (38,262). The CSO says there 497,281 systems nationwide.

The LGMA said 83,744 had registered nationally by Wednesday morning and that an estimated 45,000 registrations are being dealt with.