Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ceisteanna (90)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

90. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the waste water deficiencies in County Wexford; the number of locations in which untreated raw sewage is discharged in the county; if he is satisfied that Irish Water is doing everything possible in regard to this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26821/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

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.  This delivery is set in the context of overall Government policy in relation to water services as outlined in the recently published Water Services Policy Statement, which includes the focussing of the programme to meet relevant public health and environmental standards as a priority for strategic investment planning.

The EPA's latest Urban Waste Water Treatment Report identifies the following areas in Wexford as discharging untreated sewage:

- Arthurstown

- Ballyhack

- Duncannon

- Kilmore Quay

Irish Water is prioritising investment and works on a country-wide basis to address the worst of our waste water deficiencies. Their programme of work includes projects in Wexford.

Information on the progression of projects to address these issue is available from Irish Water, which 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.