Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Dan Neville

Question:

411 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will increase the level of grant available for group sewerage schemes. [7603/01]

Last year I asked the national rural water monitoring committee to furnish proposals for meeting the waste water collection and treatment needs of small rural com munities. The committee's report, which was presented to me last month, recommends a pilot programme to test a range of new, small scale collection and treatment systems based on design, build, operate – DBO – procurement by local authorities. Subject to a satisfactory outcome to the pilot testing, the report envisages a potential role for group sewerage schemes in the collection of domestic waste water from households outside the immediate catchment of new treatment systems. Consequently, any such developments in relation to group sewerage schemes and any review of the associated grants must await the results of the pilot study.