Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (353, 354)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

353. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if capital expenditure has been applied for by Irish Water for a project (details supplied). [7398/21]

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Seán Sherlock

Question:

354. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the capital expenditure that has been applied for by Irish Water since June 2020 for projects (details supplied). [7399/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 and 354 together.

Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. Irish Water does not as a matter of course apply to my Department for the allocation of funding towards a specific project which are a matter for Irish Water.

As part of Budget 2021, I secured funding of over €1.4 billion to support water services. This includes €1.3 billion in respect of domestic water services provision by Irish Water. This overall investment will deliver significant improvements in our public water and wastewater services, support improved water supplies right across Ireland, including rural Ireland, and support a range of programmes delivering improved water quality in our rivers, lakes and marine area. The prioritisation and progression of individual projects is a matter for determination by Irish Water.

Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via email to oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on a dedicated number, 1890 578 578.