Sinn Féin welcome increased supports for group water schemes- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the range of measures announced aimed at improving rural water services.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The special Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services last April recommended that there should be equity between those on the public water scheme and those on group water schemes or private water services.
“An increase in the annual subsidy of €91 per household on private group schemes is welcome with maximum subsidy per house to rise to €231.
"This should help with some of the cost associated with running and maintaining rural schemes. Private group water schemes are defined as schemes that source water from their own water treatment plant.
“For small schemes of less than 100 houses that wish to amalgamate with other schemes an increased maximum subsidy of €281 per household is available.
"The increase from €70 per household to a maximum of €115 for those on public water schemes is also welcome. These schemes provide water to their group members that is supplied by Irish Water.
“The Minister has also announced an increase to the proportion of the costs than can be recouped by group water schemes.
"Under the current regime, only up 60% of costs are covered by the subsidy. Schemes will now be able to recoup up to 85% of the costs associated with the schemes.
“We await the forthcoming grant proposals for those on private wells.”
“Increased investment in our water services is absolutely essential as is the roll out of conservation and education measures.
“I will be requesting the Minister to present to the Housing, Planning and Local government Committee early in the New Year to discuss the detail of this to ensure it is consistent with the Water Committee's recommendation of equity.”