Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
221. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if Irish Water will have the suitable resources to carry out improved works at the Leixlip water treatment plant in the interest of public safety in line with recent EPA recommendations. [45768/19]
Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels.
Both our water and wastewater systems require substantial and sustained investment: to bring the systems up to the standards of a modern service; to provide for population growth and to build resilience in the face of climate change.
The Government has approved the Irish Water Strategic Funding Plan 2019-2024 comprising of a €6.1bn investment in infrastructure and assets and €4.9bn in operating costs and Irish Water will be able to meet any requirements for improvement works at Leixlip from this funding.
This significant multi-billion euro investment plan will support the continued operation, repair and upgrading of the country's water and wastewater infrastructure to support social and economic development across the State and protection of the water environment and public health.