Friday, 2 September 2016

Funding for rural group water schemes a welcome boost

Senator Maura Hopkins has described the announcement of the funding allocations for group water schemes as a welcome boost for communities in our region.

Senator Hopkins said, "Minster for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD has informed me that Co Roscommon is to receive an allocation of €608,000 as part of his departments allocation as part of his Department's block and scheme-based grant allocations to local authorities for group sewerage and water schemes."

"Minister Coveney has advised me that the funding is aimed primarily towards the improvement of water quality in existing schemes, the takeover of some schemes by Irish Water in cases where the scheme has sought such a takeover, and other upgrading and water conservation works. Importantly however funding is also to be provided for the setup of new schemes which will all rural households to have access to a supply of good quality piped water for the first time."

Senator Hopkins concluded, "Communities across Co Roscommon have been plagued by poor water quality over the past number of years, this funding allocation will allow for further works in addition to the many projects completed successfully to date."