€238,675 is being provided for group rural water schemes in Co. Leitrim under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme for 2016.
The announcement was made yesterday, Tuesday, by Minister for the Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney under the Department’s 2016 block and scheme-based grant allocations to local authorities for group water and sewerage schemes.
The total 2016 allocation of almost €14.9 million under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme is an increase of almost 30% on last year.
The scheme-based allocations being provided will fund almost 119 schemes and projects and benefit over 12,500 households throughout the country.
Fine Gael T.D. for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, welcomed the announcement.
“The funding for Leitrim County Council is aimed primarily towards the improvement of water quality in existing group water schemes in Co. Leitrim, the takeover of some schemes by Irish Water in cases where the scheme has sought such a takeover, and upgrading and water conservation works in group water scheme distribution networks.
“Funding is also provided towards new group water and sewerage schemes in Co. Leitrim. These new schemes enable rural households, to have a supply of good quality piped water for the first time.
“The allocation announced for Co. Leitrim today is significant news and will ensure that more people in the county have access to a good quality piped water supply in their houses.
“This Government is working to ensure that the economic recovery, which is now underway, reaches all parts of the country and the benefits are felt inside every doorstep and in every community.
“The Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme and the funding announced for Co. Leitrim today, is an important step in this process for rural areas,” he stated.
Allocations to local authorities in neighbouring counties were: Cavan €363,500, Donegal €390,100, Longford €60,000, Roscommon €608,000 and Sligo €608,000.
Minister Coveney said, “We need economic recovery to reach all parts of the country. The Government, together with the Oireachtas, is putting in place measures to revitalise all of Ireland so that the benefits are felt inside every doorstep and in every community.
“The Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme, by providing certainty to the sector on funding of projects, is an important component of this process for rural areas.
The allocations follow on from interim allocations made to local authorities in May.