Written answers

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Water and Sewerage Schemes

10:00 pm

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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Question 554: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will review the grant for group drainage schemes which currently appears to be a maximum of €2,000 per household; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23321/07]

Photo of Tony KilleenTony Killeen (Minister of State, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Minister of State, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Clare, Fianna Fail)
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The Department is funding a pilot programme, proposed by the National Rural Water Monitoring Committee, to test a range of new, small-scale wastewater collection and treatment systems under Irish conditions. The objective of the pilot programme is to evaluate new approaches to meeting the wastewater collection and treatment needs of rural communities and to examine the potential role for group sewerage schemes in extending collection systems to households outside the catchment of new or existing sewerage networks.

Construction of the pilot projects is now substantially complete with commissioning expected this month. Monitoring of the performance of the new infrastructure by the National Rural Water Monitoring Committee will begin immediately after that. The Committee has been asked to report to me on results as they become available. I intend to review the grants for group sewerage schemes in light of the outcome of the pilot programme.

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