Councillor Sinead Guckian has slammed Government moves to slash the Rural Water Funding Budget in half from €85 million in 2011 to just €45 million nationally in 2012.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, Cllr Guckian said the current allocation, in particular the allocation to Co Leitrim, made it all but impossible for the Local Authority to ensure that every house in the county has water from either or a public water supply or a group scheme.
The Fianna Fail councillor said that last year the allocation for Co Leitrim was in the region of €3.9 million and “this had been achieved by the previous government despite the difficult financial times.”
Cllr Guckian said that she understood from the discussions at the April Council meeting, that the reduced allocation in 2012 “will not be sufficient to continue the improvement on schemes and that while a lot of work has been done over the past two years”.
She said there was “still a huge requirement for work on more rural group water schemes in the county in order to provide a quality water service and that the current allocation would mean that no more new projects can be considered.
Cllr Guckian has described the news that no new works will be undertaken for Co Leitrim this year as “devastating for those schemes who depend on this block funding to up-grade their schemes to improve water quality and in some instances to just actually get water to their home”.
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