Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (165)

Martin Ferris


165. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the proposed new sewerage schemes for areas (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32373/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure in County Kerry. The Ardfert, Ballylongford, Fenit and Tarbert Sewer age Schemes are included in the Programme with the treatment plants amongst the list of contracts in the county to start in the period 2010 – 2013 and further elements of the schemes to advance through planning during the same period.

Kerry County Council has sought tenders for the Ballylongford and Tarbert wastewater treatment plants as one contract and is currently assessing the tenders received. When this assessment is completed the Council will advise my Department and seek confirmation that funding is available to allow work commence. I approved funding for a section of advance pipelines in Tarbert in July 2012 and this contract has recently been completed. I understand that Kerry County Council will shortly seek tenders for the Ardfert Sewerage Scheme Wastewater Treatment Plant Contract.

The Preliminary Report for the Fenit Sewerage Scheme is being assessed by my Department. The Council was requested to provide additional information to enable my Department to complete its assessment. The Council has submitted the required information and my Department is now finalising its assessment. A decision will be conveyed to the Council as soon as possible.