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Tuesday, 15th October 2019

€923k approved for rural water services in Louth

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Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement from his colleague Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy, T.D that over €900k has been approved for Louth projects under the new Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme that will run from 2019 to 2021.

 €401,513 has been allocated to Louth County Council for 2019, including:

  • €36,663 in measure 1, 2 and 3 funding for Drybridge-Waterunder which covers 60 domestic connections.
  • €147,500 in measure 2 and 3 funding for Ballymakenny & Sandpit GWS which covers 601 domestic connections.
  • €80,750 for Measure 3 funding in the Tullyallen GWS which cover 160 domestic connections.
  • €68k in measure 3 funding for Sheepgrange GWS which covers 52 domestic connections.
  • €13,600 in measure 3 funding for Mountain Park GWS covering 51 domestic connections.
  • €55k in measure 5 funding for Waterunder GSS which cover 10 domestic connections.

 “Proposals for capital funding for individual projects were invited earlier in 2019. The funding awarded today through Louth County Council will support infrastructure improvements for Group Water Schemes in rural areas.

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“This announcement follows a review that the Minister put in place to examine the wider investment needs relating to rural water services.  In 2018 the Minister appointed a high-level Working Group which made recommendations for changes and improvements in how funding is targeted.” 

  • Measure 1 - Source Protection: This is aimed at protecting the water source of group water schemes in contributing to the safety of water users.  
  • Measure 2 - Public health compliance:  This is aimed at improving water quality in existing group water schemes through the upgrading of their treatment facilities. 
  • Measure 3 - Enhancement of existing schemes including water conservation: This measure supports projects to make existing group water schemes more efficient in their operation 
  • Measure 4 - New Group Water Schemes: This supports social and economic development in rural towns and villages and their hinterlands by providing new group water schemes where public water supply schemes or individual private wells are not the most viable option. 
  • Measure 5 - Transition of Existing Group Water and Sewerage Schemes to the Public Water Sector:  This measure enables existing group water schemes and group sewerage schemes to transition to the public water sector and be taken in charge by Irish Water.  
  • Measure 6 - Community Connections (Water and Wastewater):  This is a new measure and facilitates the continued expansion of the coverage of piped water supplies and sewerage systems by extension off the public network operated by Irish Water.  
  • Measure 7 - Innovation and Research: This measure is aimed at supporting innovation and research in the rural water sector.  

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