Now at first glance this seems like a good wholesome thing to do, to protect our drinking water supplies.
But, lets look at what we’re already paying towards clean water !
Development Levies ( 10-15k in most counties )
Group water scheme contributions
Septic tank maintenance contract
Water charges ( soon, real soon )
So now the Minister wants to implement another (I’m guessing ) 100 yoyo charge.
But that’s only the thin end of the stick. Who’s going to do the inspections & issue the licences ?
Yes, that’s right, the local authorities. So now they have to find the staff to inspect 440,000 tanks. Even if the requirement is only for an inspection every two years that’s more than 4300 inspections a week. Be Generous & we’ll pretend that an inspector can visit 4 sites per day. So we’re going to need at least an addition 215 inspectors working 50 weeks a year at that rate; just to inspect the tanks.
Then there’s going to be all those people in the offices to issue the certs & send out warning letters & making appointments. Before we’re done we’re going to have an additional 2,000 PS bodies to run this
Gormless really has found his calling, he’s created an NCT for tanks full of shit.
This guy is totally out of control. Gormley has a hard-on for taxing rural people. Thankfully, I live in his constituency and will have a vote against him and all he stands for in the next election (if I am still living in the septic tank of a country !!).
They’ll probably be able to use existing building control staff who are now underemployed.
It seems it is a requirement from EU - and is something that should be introduced.
Of course in Ireland it will be ridiculously expensive and inefficiently run - but it is a good idea in principle.
My parents’ water supply was contaminated by faecal contamination from neighbouring septic tanks (which arrived later than their well).
There is a simple school of thought informing all of this that you can impose environmental policy by using tax bu of course it would as it dovetails nicely with keeping all the power structures in place no feathers ruffled. I cam across this once I mentioned it before some young lady I spoke to at a party when I was in college and she started talking about tax policy was the only way to achieve environmental change. Needless to say I was appalled even then age 19 or so. What a silly idea. Now look where we are
While the idea is good and our ground water is under serious pressure from lazy design the implementation of a solution is totally flawed.
Possibly a shallow well? Its cheaper to drill a shallow well. Are the walls lined? There could be a breach in the lining or even no lining if its old. Wells need maintenance too. Awful thing to happen to them but worth checking out these things!
A deep enough well will filter bacteria and properly lined walls will prevent bacteria and other things seeping into the water at shallower depths.
Basically a proper well will eliminate any septic tank leaks. I`d imagine alot of our wells here are shallow because of the high rainfall we get.
Its worth bearing in mind that this tax isnt going to be introduced because of a sudden surge in contamination - this has never been a big issue - logic follows that its simply an extra tax to help plug the gap.
I’m assuming the cost of the licences will cover the cost of the administration of the scheme, that is, it is cost neutral to the Government. This type of scheme is a year or tow too late for those in Galway that had to endure horrendous water conditions over the last few years.
Not too sure - they had a UV filter and some other equipment installed - so not a problem now.
There was a recent ruling against the Irish government for not implementing standards though.
I agree that it gives the government an opportunity to grab some money-
(i.e. this licence should cost €40 a year or whatever, and instead it will probably cost €200).
You do know that the Galway water problem was nothing to do with septic tanks nor private wells?
It was all public systems involved. The tax will have no impact on this nor would it have prevented the problem!
Mostly caused by agricultural activity as well as an ancient treatment system failing, but who cares… It’s the rural dwellers who have been responsibly looking after their own systems correctly who will be double charged for a problem that is not of their making!
Perhaps we should introduce a manure tax on every farm animal that shits in a field!
I was wondering how the Greens would come up with a new tax on rural dwellers who provide their own running water through group schemes and therefore cant be hit for water meters like their town counterparts. Well this is it, they took a look at what was happening in Scotland and decided to introduce it here. This will suit the rural FF gombeen politicians as they can blame the the city based Greens. What’s next ?
How about grants to install these systems? Or how about just having them exempt from this new tax?
Link to constructed wetland company. One of these systems were featured in ‘About the House’ during the week, and it looks the business. It requires a gradient on the site of about 2-5 metres so I suppose all you boggers are confined to a life of drinking each others sh*t. Ah well… It hasn’t done you any harm up 'til now, has it? …!