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Mc Gill welcomes progress on rural waters mains connection issue

13 November, 2008 - by Michaela Boyle

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Claire Mc Gill has welcomed correspondence from DRD Minister Conor Murphy in which he has outlined the steps he is taking to progress the issue of providing mains water supply to residences, mainly in rural areas, that are currently not served by the public water system.

Claire Mc Gill said,

"In West Tyrone, as in many other areas throughout the six counties, there are still many rural dwellers that do not have access to a mains water supply. As well as lobbying the Minister in writing on the issue, I led a delegation from West Tyrone to meet with Conor Murphy on the matter in July.

"An initial survey of all 26 local District Council areas has identified around 4,500 properties which would require further investigation before the total number of properties which would need a main requisition in order to have access to a mains water supply and further investigation is now under way.

"The Minister says that on full completion of the survey that the next step will be to write to households identified seeking confirmation of their water status and asking if they would wish to be connected. The next stage will be to draw up estimates of the costs and to bring forward policy proposals and options which will establish criteria for the provision of assistance for those wishing to have their properties connected to mains water supply.

"The Minister is determined to do his best, within the available resources, to ensure that those who wish to have access to mains water supply will have that opportunity, not only in West Tyrone but throughout the six counties.

"I welcome the fact that the process is now well underway to achieve this outcome."


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