Sinn Féin Councillor, Brendan Barry is calling on Leitrim County Council to provide information to Group Water Schemes on subsidies that can be claimed for operational costs and quality assurance works.
After receiving inquiries from a number of constituents Cllr Barry told the Leitrim Observer that he had discovered that a number of group schemes are not drawing down any subsidies .
Cllr Barry said “Group schemes which have not been taken over by Irish Water should seek to draw down the subsidy it is entitled to.
“Due to the current austerity policies of the government this subsidy has been cut from €140 to €90 per household per annum for schemes with a private source and from €70 down to €40 for Group schemes supplied by Irish Water,” he explained.
“I would also urge all members of Group Water Schemes to register with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) at a cost of €5 per household which can be claimed back in subsidy.
“60 percent of insurance costs can also be claimed back in subsidy which is an annual cost for Group Schemes,” added the Ballinamore Municipal Area Councillor.
Cllr Barry noted that the NFGWS provide free training, help and advice to affiliated schemes on a range of issues from applying for subsidies, funding/Grants, installing and maintaining treatment systems, filters and source protection.