Tuesday, 17 July 2012

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

434 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if, in the context of the abstraction of water from the River Barrow and the development of ground water services for wide-spread commercial and domestic usage, Kildare County Council has sought funding for water softening systems as part of their overall water infrastructure programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34432/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

The River Barrow Abstraction Scheme, including the contract to construct a new water treatment plant at Srowland, is being funding under my Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 and I understand that work is progressing satisfactorily on this contract.

One of the aims of the River Barrow Scheme is to improve the security of water supply capacity in the Greater Dublin Region. In view of the water hardness levels of the River Barrow, Kildare County Council has written to my Department outlining the position and seeking additional funding to help in maximizing the water output from the new plant. This application is under consideration at present and a decision on the matter will be made as soon as possible.