Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (397)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

397. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a private group water scheme (details supplied) in County Waterford will be taken over by Irish Water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24512/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides for the transfer of water services functions from the 34 water services authorities to Irish Water. Under the legislation, Irish Water now has the powers previously held by local authorities in relation to the takeover of Group Water Schemes and this means that Irish Water may acquire by agreement a waterworks or waste water works, but subject generally to not fewer than two thirds of those entitled to dispose of it (typically the members of a group water scheme) giving their consent.

Irish Water has confirmed to my Department that it has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278 in the event that the Deputy wishes to enquire directly with Irish Water regarding the scheme referred to.