T-testing pilot programme in Leitrim to become official research project

A pilot programme examining possible solutions to issues around waste water and ‘T-testing’ in Leitrim is to be transformed into an official research project by the Environmental Protection Agency.

This month’s meeting of Leitrim County Council heard that there are only two options available to make it easier for people to become complaint with zero discharge rules, which it is claimed is prohibiting the construction of one-off homes.

Following a motion from Councillor Sean McGowan, Director of Services Joseph Gilhooley claimed that the code of practice doesn’t allow for any discharge, even if the discharge is proved to be harmless to the environment.

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He claimed that either the Code of Practice around the discharge is changed, or that a system can be developed which doesn’t allow for any discharge.

The meeting also heard that a pilot programme from the EPA, looking at possible solutions in Leitrim, will now be upgraded to a full research programme and discussions about funding for the project will conclude later this month.

Councillor McGowan says the servicing of septic tanks is an issue he would like to see resolved with legislation: