Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Liam Aylward

Question:

648 Mr. Alyward asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the position regarding Kilmacow sewerage scheme in County Kilkenny; and if finance will be made available in 1999 to allow this scheme to proceed. [2320/99]

Phil Hogan

Question:

649 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will sanction the next stage and finance for Kilmacow sewerage scheme, County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2347/99]

Phil Hogan

Question:

650 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the reason for the delay in allocating finance for Graiguenamanagh sewerage scheme, County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2346/99]

John McGuinness

Question:

733 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the position in relation to an application for funding from Kilkenny County Council for sewerage schemes at Kilmacow, Graiguenamanagh and Thomastown; the priority of each scheme within his Department; if further information is required on any of these schemes from Kilkenny County Council; and when each of these schemes is likely to be funded. [2085/99]

Liam Aylward

Question:

739 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government when work will commence on a sewerage scheme (details supplied) in County Kilkenny where funding for the scheme has been approved and allocated. [2232/99]

Liam Aylward

Question:

740 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government when funding will be provided and approval issued for a sewerage scheme (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [2233/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 648, 649, 650, 733, 739 and 740 together.

The Thomastown sewerage scheme is included in my Department's water and sewerage services investment programme for 1999 as a scheme to be advanced through planning. A preliminary report for the scheme is currently awaited from Kilkenny County Council.
Contract documents for the Graiguenamanagh sewerage scheme and a revised preliminary report for the Kilmacow sewerage scheme have been received in my Department but have not been approved. These schemes are not included in the 1999 investment programme and come within the terms of my Department's circular letter L9/98 of 22 October 1998. The circular asked each local authority to undertake a fresh assessment of the needs for capital works in its area and to prepare a prioritised list of projects based on the assessment. The priority list will be taken into consideration by my Department in framing future water and sewerage services investment programmes under the next National Development Plan 2000-06.