Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
European Court of Justice Rulings
1242. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the European Court of Justice action against the State for breach of the urban wastewater treatment directive. [3495/20]
Following a judgment in March 2019 by the Court of Justice of the European Union on Ireland's non-compliance with the urban wastewater treatment directive, my Department, accompanied by Irish Water, met with European Commission officials in June last year and proposed a programme of measures to ensure that the findings in the judgment were addressed. My Department will maintain close contact with the Commission over the coming period as the work set out in the programme of measures is progressed. In this regard, works have already been completed at 15 agglomerations identified in the judgment to bring them into compliance with the Directive.
Building water and waste water treatment plants, as well as upgrading or building new water and waste water networks, requires significant and sustained investment. The National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides for significant investment in public water and wastewater infrastructure over the course of the plan to ensure the continued operation, repair and upgrading of Ireland’s water and waste water infrastructure to support social and economic development across the State and continued care of the water environment. Investment in waste water infrastructure is prioritised in the Irish Water Strategic Funding Plan and it is estimated that €1.9bn will be invested in waste water projects from 2019 to 2024.