Minister Phelan and Cllr William Quinn Announce Over €715,000 in Allocations under 2015 Rural Water Programme For Carlow and Kilkenny
Issued : Wednesday 13 May, 2015
Ann Phelan, T.D., Minister of State for Rural Affairs in the Environment, Community & Local Government and Bye-Election Candidate Cllr. Willie Quinn today (11 May 2015) announced the Department’s 2015 block grant allocations for Carlow and Kilkenny local authorities for group water and group sewerage schemes.
- Department and councils to explore funding mechanism for proposed group schemes unviable at current grant rates
The allocations, which total almost €715,000 are provided under the Department’s Rural Water Programme. Funding is primarily aimed at improving water quality in group water schemes, and at upgrading and water conservation works in group water scheme distribution networks. The programme also provides funding for group sewerage schemes.
Cllr. Quinn said: "This is excellent news for Carlow/Kilkenny and will ensure that our rural water schemes are properly resourced and maintained."
Minister Phelan outlined that “The allocations reflect the high concentration of group water schemes and necessary improvement works still required in certain counties such as our own in Carlow and Kilkenny. It will greatly enhance the water structure for the Constituency and will allow communities access to a good quality, adequate water supply.”
"My colleague Minister Kelly, also confirmed that he has decided to accept a recommendation from the National Rural Water Services Committee, which advises the Minister on rural water policy and investment, to investigate whether some elements of proposed new group schemes would merit a special contribution to help address funding shortfalls.”
Both Minister Phelan and Cllr. Quinn confirmed that the Department will also be engaging with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes to explore the possibility of introducing a rolling, multi-annual funding programme to provide certainty to the sector on funding of projects.
Note to editors
- The Department currently funds 85% of the cost of new group water schemes, subject to a maximum grant per house of €7,475, under the Rural Water Programme.
· Responsibility for the administration of the programme, including the selection of scheme proposals for advancement and funding, is devolved to the local authorities.
- A breakdown of the block grant allocations for each county is set out in the table below.
2015 Rural Water Programme Block Grant Allocations
Total 2015 Allocation
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