Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (175, 176)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

175. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which his Department has adequate resources available to meet the requirements of the various local authorities under the small or group sewerage or water schemes; the degree to which he expects to be in a position to provide such funding in the coming year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45320/13]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

176. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which his Department has adequate resources available to meet the requirements of Kildare County Council under the small or group sewerage or water schemes; the degree to which he expects to be in a position to provide such funding in the coming year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45321/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 and 176 together.

Funding is currently provided under my Department's Rural Water Programme towards group water schemes, group sewerage schemes, small public water and wastewater scheme works and some miscellaneous grants. The allocation for the Programme in 2013 is €39.6 m.

The allocation for the Programme for 2014 will be €27.7 m. The amount being provided in 2014 reflects the fact that responsibility for the small public water and wastewater scheme works element of the Programme will transfer to Irish Water in 2014. The primary focus of Irish water will be on the delivery of services to customers on the public water and wastewater networks. My Department will remain responsible for the overall policy, and funding where appropriate, of the non-public sector, including the group water sector. The funding that will be provided in 2014 under the Rural Water Programme will continue to fund group water schemes, group sewerage schemes, and some miscellaneous grants.