Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Liam Aylward

Question:

104 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will arrange to have finance made available immediately to Kilkenny County Council for improvements to the Bennettsbridge regional water supply scheme in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17511/01]

Proposals for improving the Bennettsbridge water supply scheme were included in the list of water and sewerage schemes submitted by Kilkenny County Council in response to my Department's request to local authorities to undertake a fresh assessment of the needs for capital works in their areas and to prioritise their proposals on the basis of the assessments. The priority lists were taken into account in the framing of the Water Services Investment Programme, 2000-2002, announced last July.

It was not possible to include the scheme in the programme at that time because of the level of competing demand and the need to prioritise individual proposals on a national basis.