Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (180)

Pat Deering

Ceist:

180. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of money allocated for group sewerage schemes in 2013; and the location and amount allocated for each. [18075/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

Responsibility for the administration of the Rural Water Programme, which includes group sewerage schemes, has been devolved to local authorities since 1997.

In December 2012 I announced an increase in the grant for group sewerage schemes to €6,500 per house or 75% of the cost of the scheme, whichever is the lesser. The previous rate of grant available was €2,031.58 per house or 75% of the cost, whichever was the lesser.

I propose, in the first instance, to carry out a number of pilot schemes based on the increased grant level. My Department asked local authorities to include in their requests for funding under the 2013 Rural Water Programme proposals for group sewerage schemes which might be viable based on the increased grant.

Following an examination of the proposals received, I approved grant assistance last month towards the following pilot schemes:

County

Scheme Name

Approved Grant

Clare

Woodview, Ennis

€90,000

Kildare

Boston Cottages

€60,000

Kilkenny

Toortane

€105,000

Laois

Derrymoyle

€35,301

Leitrim

Jamestown Rue

€93,000

Offaly

Mlitary Road, Birr

€39,000

Westmeath

Ballykeeran Big

€84,500

Wexford

Coolbawn / Ferns

€14,083

TOTALS

€520,884

Progress on these pilot schemes will be reviewed in due course with a view to deciding how best to proceed with the grant scheme.