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Water and Sewerage Schemes Grants

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 16 May 2019

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Questions (186)

Dara Calleary

Question:

186. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the breakdown of all grant payment schemes available for private well owners in tabular form; the number of private wells that are grant aided by county; and the cost of these in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [21325/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

On 8 February this year, I announced details of the measures being funded through my Department under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2019-2021. This included an improved funding scheme for individual wells (more commonly known as private or household wells).

The composition of the new multi-annual programme is based on recommendations from the Working Group that I established in April 2018 to conduct a review of investment needs and rural water services.

The changes that I have approved to the individual wells grant scheme are, as follows:

- A maximum grant for rehabilitation works of €3,000, which represents an increase of 47% on the current maximum grant amount,

- Where the local authority agrees that the most appropriate solution is to provide a new well, the maximum grant payable would be €5,000,

- Recognising the role of the grant in improving quality, the water quality treatment element (typically filtration and UV filtration) will qualify for 100% funding up to a maximum of €1,000,

- Up to 85% of other costs would be met, subject to the total combined maximum costs of €3,000 for well rehabilitation or €5,000 for a new well,

- For clarity, applicants would not be able to avail of both grant amounts, so they would not be able to avail of €3,000 for well rehabilitation as well as the €5,000 for a new well.

Work is at an advanced stage of development for the funding scheme. I expect that the process will be completed in the coming weeks when the necessary regulations dealing with the financial assistance arrangements and related administrative matters are put in place. This will enable a circular letter, terms and conditions, guidance and the application form to issue to local authorities shortly thereafter.

Two further funding measures in the new multi-annual programme are relevant to householders that are dependent on individual wells. These measures are:

- Measure 4 – New Group Water Schemes: The aim of this funding measure is to facilitate the continued expansion of the coverage of piped water supplies to the rural population through the development of new standalone, or extensions to existing, group water schemes.

- Measure 6 - Community Water Connections: This measure facilitates the continued expansion of the coverage of piped water supplies by extension off the public (Irish Water) network.

Details of these measures and the grants available for them under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2019-2021 were notified to local authorities by my Department on 8 February 2019. Local authorities were invited to submit their bids for the funding of schemes or projects in their functional areas, with the deadline for receipt of proposals set as 14 March 2019.

The tables under set out the numbers of individual well grants and the amount of grant aid recouped by my Department to local authorities for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (up to 13 May 2019).

Local Authority (County Council)

Numbers of Individual Wells Funded in 2016

Amount of Grant

Aid in 2016

Carlow CC

55

€ 94,250.71

Cavan CC

12

€ 22,391.82

Clare CC

19

€ 35,298.44

Cork CC

256

€ 448,290.72

Donegal CC

8

€ 15,020.44

South Dublin CC

6

€ 9,994.91

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown CC

1

€ 1,095.00

Galway CC

20

€ 38,524.36

Kerry CC

19

€ 32,757.94

Kildare CC

38

€ 71,318.38

Kilkenny CC

75

€ 124,906.01

Laois CC

37

€ 69,069.83

Limerick CC

81

€ 148,901.69

Longford CC

13

€ 21,270.76

Louth CC

62

€ 110,425.11

Mayo CC

4

€ 6,206.99

Meath CC

106

€ 195,714.73

Monaghan CC

9

€ 16,437.39

Offaly CC

17

€ 32,323.90

Roscommon CC

5

€ 10,157.90

Sligo CC

2

€ 4,063.16

Tipperary CC

43

€ 81,808.07

Waterford CC

98

€ 157,233.75

Westmeath CC

29

€ 52,396.28

Wexford CC

156

€ 241,674.52

Wicklow CC

151

€ 233,486.12

Total

1322

€   2,275,018.93

Local Authority (County Council)

Numbers of Individual Wells Funded in 2017

Amount of Grant

Aid in 2017

Carlow CC

49

€ 86,874.95

Cavan CC

13

€ 23,610.49

Clare CC

12

€ 24,022.13

Cork CC

417

€ 708,456.83

Donegal CC

14

€ 25,695.70

Dublin South CC

3

€ 5,793.45

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown CC

2

€ 3,291.58

Fingal CC

9

€ 14,349.09

Galway CC

34

€ 63,035.54

Kerry CC

19

€ 32,220.00

Kildare CC

25

€ 47,621.68

Kilkenny CC

85

€ 145,229.91

Laois CC

41

€ 80,206.40

Leitrim CC

3

€ 6,094.74

Limerick CC

53

€ 102,681.72

Longford CC

16

€ 27,992.24

Louth CC

57

€ 95,429.30

Mayo CC

13

€ 23,126.66

Meath CC

80

€ 140,100.13

Monaghan CC

3

€ 5,128.16

Offaly CC

11

€ 22,053.69

Roscommon CC

5

€ 8,474.41

Sligo CC

5

€ 9,681.58

Tipperary CC

49

€ 95,235.73

Waterford CC

113

€ 191,824.61

Westmeath CC

32

€ 61,263.48

Wexford CC

257

€ 407,926.73

Wicklow CC

147

€ 249,289.16

Total

1567

€ 2,706,710.09

Local Authority (County Council)

Numbers of Individual Wells Funded in 2018

Amount of Grant

Aid in 2018

Carlow CC

52

€ 98,429.85

Cavan CC

8

€ 12,577.85

Clare CC

31

€ 56,744.98

Cork CC

337

€ 595,823.09

Donegal CC

14

€ 26,944.88

Dublin South CC

8

€ 13,190.32

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown CC

3

€ 4,747.21

Galway CC

29

€ 55,583.44

Kerry CC

26

€ 46,650.38

Kildare CC

29

€ 56,506.05

Kilkenny CC

88

€ 147,973.45

Laois CC

34

€ 64,473.46

Leitrim CC

4

€ 8,007.24

Limerick CC

104

€ 187,008.57

Louth CC

51

€ 87,993.10

Mayo CC

11

€ 18,387.29

Meath CC

114

€ 209,495.19

Monaghan CC

4

€ 7,594.18

Offaly CC

28

€ 56,569.80

Roscommon CC

8

€ 15,490.02

Sligo CC

7

€ 12,158.34

Tipperary CC

51

€ 98,396.84

Waterford CC

131

€ 221,664.00

Westmeath CC

47

€ 84,122.38

Wexford CC

243

€ 387,113.29

Wicklow CC

107

€ 189,317.22

Total

1569

€ 2,762,962.42

Local Authority (County Council)

Numbers of Individual Wells Funded in 2019 (up to 13 May 2019)

Amount of Grant

Aid in 2019 (up to 13 May 2019)

Cavan CC

8

€ 14,495.82

Clare CC

10

€ 18,195.07

Cork CC

151

€ 265,998.14

Dublin South CC

2

€ 2,485.05

Fingal CC

2

€ 4,063.16

Galway CC

12

€ 21,570.36

Kerry CC

11

€ 20,766.22

Kildare CC

18

€ 32,908.23

Kilkenny CC

30

€ 53,662.65

Laois CC

12

€ 23,588.65

Leitrim CC

1

€ 2,031.58

Limerick CC

80

€ 150,700.85

Longford

12

€ 20,767.90

Louth CC

44

€ 76,759.09

Mayo CC

1

€ 1,125.00

Meath CC

106

€ 187,596.55

Monaghan CC

5

€ 7,978.43

Offaly CC

10

€ 20,261.69

Roscommon CC

5

€ 7,331.81

Sligo CC

1

€ 2,031.58

Tipperary CC

23

€ 46,501.35

Waterford CC

42

€ 70,433.81

Westmeath CC

17

€ 33,419.51

Wexford CC

85

€ 134,704.21

Wicklow CC

30

€ 54,758.26

Total

718

€ 1,274,134.97

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