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Can you receive grants for a septic tank replacement? Introduction to the DWWTS grant. 

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Septic Tank Grants DWWTS

Overview
Back in 2013, Ireland launched its National Inspection Plan for wastewater treatment systems. On top of creating more and more regulations for septic tank owners, the government started to offer grants to help housing financing their sewage treatment solution replacement or upgrading. The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) and the DWWTS were the two official financial aids available for the past few years. If the HRI is no more opened to applicants from December 2019, the DWWTS has been maintained by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

We invite you to visit www.epa.ie website to get further information on how to qualify for financial assistance. 

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Introduction to the DWWTS (Domestic waste water treatment systems) grant:

The DWWTS grant has been created by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government following the EPA’s National Plan Inspection. It has the purpose to help homeowners with the repairing cost of their existing system, but also to support them with a potential upgrading or full replacement of their solution. There are three types of DWWTS schemes, with different qualifying criteria. Upon your application, an inspection will be organized with an inspector approved and appointed by the EPA. You will also need an advisory notice issued by the local authority under the Water Services Act 2012

How to prepare your inspection? 

On the day of your inspection, a few documents have to be prepared ahead. It includes your registration certificate and paperwork that your contractor could have given to you (installation, maintenance, servicing, repairing). 

What will be inspected?

  • Potential leaks and excess of sludge in the system
  • Focus on  manholes, drains, and pipeworks 
  • Percolation area and the system’s discharges (the inspector will be looking for signs of potential pollution)
  • Odors and noises coming out of the system

Read more about the inspection here

 

What are the different DWWTS schemes?

The schemes have been revised on the 4th of June. As of this date, here’s what the circulars say. 

  • Circular L1/20 for existing NIP septic tanks registered by the 1st February 2013: If the restrictions have been eased, some criteria are still required to define the grant eligibility. Those who want to equip a secondary home or housing already connected or who could be connected to a public sewerage scheme are not eligible. It is also the case if your house is under construction or was constructed after 2013. On the other hand, those who failed to qualify for the grant during a previous inspection / or were excluded based on their income can submit a new application.
  • Circular L2/20 for ‘prioritized areas’: Among this title, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has been creating a list of geographical areas chosen under the WFD (Water Framework Directive) based on water quality. If your area qualifies, you might be able to benefit from financial aid when it comes to repairing, upgrading or replacing your septic tank. 
  • Circular L3/20 ‘HSOCA’ or high-status objective catchment areas: Check-up on an interactive map to see if you’re eligible for this particular scheme who offers a grant for wastewater treatment systems repairing and upgrading  

2020 grants in Ireland

 Circular L1/20Circular L2/20Circular L3/20
Relates to:NIP septic tank inspectionsPAA (Prioritised Areas for Action)HSOCA (High Status Objective Catchment Areas)
Purpose of the grant:To assist with the costs of remediation, repair or upgrading works to, or replacement of, a domestic waste water treatment system (DWWTS) that serves a house.To support the attainment of water quality objectives in Prioritised Areas for Action as outlined in the national River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 (RBMP).
To support the attainment of water quality objectives in High Status Objective Catchment Areas as outlined in the national River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 (RBMP).
To assist with the costs of remediation, repair or upgrading works to, or replacement of, a domestic waste water treatment system (DWWTS) that serves a house.To assist with the costs of remediation, repair or upgrading works to, or replacement of a domestic waste water treatment system (DWWTS) that serves a house.
Conditions:The works arise directly from an inspection carried out under Part 4A of the Water Services Act 2007 (as inserted under the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012)The house must be located in a Prioritised Area for Action in accordance with the RBMP.The house must be located in a High Status Objective Catchment Area in accordance with the RBMP.
An Advisory Notice must have been issues by the housing authority.The potential applicant has received a letter from the Local Authority Waters Programme Office (LAWPRO) on behalf of the housing authority, confirming eligibility to apply for a grant.The potential applicant has received a letter from the housing authority confirming eligibility to apply for a grant.
Level of grant85% of the eligible costs of remediation, repair or upgrading works, or replacement of any such system or €5,000, whichever is the lower.85% of the approved cost of the works subject to a maximum of €5,000.
Minimum expenditure, on eligible works, required to process the application is €750.
85% of the approved cost of the works subject to a maximum of €5,000. The minimum expenditure, on eligible works, required to process the application is €750.
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All works must be in accordance with the EPA Code of Practice – Waste Water Treatment and Disposal Systems serving Single Houses 2009 while having due regard to the recommendations at Section 6.6 of that Code of Practice (CoP) which refers to existing on-site DWWTS.

Supporting documentation

The grant applicant must submit supporting documentation, including evidence of:

  • Receipts from each contractor linked to remediation works.
  • Copy of the contractor’s current tax clearance certificate issued to the contractor by the Revenue Commissioners.

Processing of application

You should submit your septic tank grant request to your local authority. To apply for a grant for remedial work, you can download the application form. Details of the grant scheme and how to apply are in the notes on this form.

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