A grant may be available to assist in carrying out remediation, repair or upgrading works to, or replacement of, a domestic waste water treatment system that serves a house.
However, there are restrictions on eligibility. Details on this can be found on the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Governement here
Note that the routine maintenance, servicing or de-sludging of wastewater systems do not qualify for grants.
For further advice and guidance more information can be found on the EPA website.
A short video clip on how to maintain your septic tank or domestic wastewater treatment system (source EPA Ireland): https://youtu.be/TOqqRvgamtc
Please contact the National Waste Collection Permit Office located at Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Telephone: 057 9357428 for information on who is approved to desludge your septic tank or other domestic wastewater treatment system. A full list of approved contractors operating in Kildare County Council can be found on their website. https://www.nwcpo.ie/permitsearch.aspx
Simply carry out a 'quick search' for 'Septic Tank de-sludging' and choose 'Kildare County' for a list of approved contractors to carry out this work.
The registration of your septic tank or other domestic wastewater treatment system is through "Protect Our Water" https://www.protectourwater.ie/default.aspx of the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government.
Kildare County Council carry out inspections in accordance with the National Inspection Plan 2018-2021: Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems published by the Environmental Protection Agency. For further information on what to expect from a Septic Tank Inspection: https://www.housing.gov.ie/file/2527
Information on making a planning application is available from the Planning Department. Environment Section technical staff work with planners in the assessment of planning applications.
Please contact the Environment Section on 045-980588 if you have a Planning query relating to an environmental issue (such as domestic wastewater treatment/septic tanks) and ask to speak to one of our technical staff dealing with Planning Applications. Information is also available from the EPA website on the links at the end of this page.
Link for an electronic format of the Site Characterisation Form for an On-Site Waste Water Treatment System http://epa.ie/pubs/advice/water/wastewater/code%20of%20practice%20for%20single%20houses/sitecharacterisationform.pdf
NOTE: If you are buying, selling or otherwise involved in a particular property and need to know if the septic tank system or wastewater treatment system is registered, contact Protect Our Water directly by phone on 1890 800 800 (between the hours of 10:00-12:00) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information leaflets listed below are available to download from the Publications section http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/YourCouncil/Publications/Environment/
"Buying or selling a house? What you need to consider about the septic tank or wastewater treatment system"
"Building a house? What you need to consider about your wastewater treatment system (including septic tank)"
"Have you completed a Septic Tank System Check yet? Information leaflet on Septic Tank Systems"
"Have you checked your well water supply? information leaflet for private well owners to ensure their well water is clean and uncontaminated"