Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
55. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will provide funding to Irish Water to replace and bring up to standard disintegrated mains and sewerage treatment plants especially in rural Ireland. [21877/21]
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. Irish Water takes a strategic, nationwide approach to asset planning and investment, and meeting customer requirements. The prioritisation and progression of individual projects and programmes is a matter for determination by Irish Water.
As part of Budget 2021, I secured funding of over €1.4 billion to support water services. This includes €1.3 billion in respect of domestic water services provision by Irish Water. This overall investment will deliver significant improvements in our public water and wastewater services, support improved water supplies right across Ireland, including rural Ireland, and support a range of programmes delivering improved water quality in our rivers, lakes and marine area.
Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via email to email@example.com or by telephone on a dedicated number, 1890 578 578.