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. In parallel to the announcement local authorities were invited to submit their bids for the funding schemes or projects in their functional areas, with the deadline for receipt of proposals set as 14 March 2019.
The new multi-annual programme includes Measure 6 – Community Connection (Water and Wastewater) Networks. This new measure facilitates the continued expansion of the coverage of piped water supplies and central wastewater collection systems by extension off the public (Irish Water) network where it is technically and economically viable to do so.
Mayo County Council made a number of bids under the measure, including a proposal for the Community Water Connection (community water connections were previously called public group water schemes) at the location referred to in the details provided.
I included the proposed Community Water Connection in the approvals and allocations that I announced in October. It is now a matter for the Council to advance the project in partnership with the applicants.