Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Ceisteanna (479, 480)

John O'Donoghue

Ceist:

538 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if funding will be made available in 2010 for the rural water programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8052/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I expect to notify local authorities of my Department's block grant allocations under the 2010 Rural Water Programme shortly.

John O'Donoghue

Ceist:

539 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the minimum grant of €2,000 for group sewerage scheme will be reviewed in order to make schemes viable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8053/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The rate of grant available for Group Sewerage Schemes is €2,031.58 per house or 75% of the cost of the scheme, whichever is the lesser.

My Department has funded a pilot programme to test a range of new, small-scale waste-water collection and treatment systems under Irish conditions. The objective of this pilot programme was to evaluate new approaches to meeting the wastewater collection and treatment needs of rural communities. The National Rural Water Services Committee, which will be established shortly, will consider the Final Report on the performance of new infrastructure provided under this pilot programme. I will review the future role of group sewerage schemes in the provision of waste water collection systems in the light of the Committee's report.