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Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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476. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the total [330] amount spent by his Department in each of the past five years in grant aiding the provision of new treatment facilities for group water schemes; the schemes which have been grant aided; the tendering procedures for the awarding of contracts for treatment facilities for group water schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23801/02]

Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen Zoom on Martin Cullen Responsibility for the administration of the group water scheme capital grants has been devolved to county councils since 1997. The grants are funded, as part of the wider rural water programme, through annual block grant allocations by my Department to individual county councils. It is a matter for councils themselves to prioritise and approve specific schemes for grant purposes.

Since 1998, expenditure by my Department on grants towards the provision and improvement of group water schemes has amounted to over €145 million (including the 2002 block allocations). The following table sets out this expenditure, which would have been augmented by group schemes' own resources, on an annual basis by county. Information in relation to the proportion of the expenditure that relates solely to water treatment equipment is not available in my Department.

Since March 2000, group schemes dependent on quality deficient private sources are eligible for a 100% grant for the installation of water treatment and disinfection equipment. In order to ensure the most cost effective delivery and operation of such equipment, and to secure long-term protection of the related capital investment, procurement policy in the group scheme sector is, in common with public schemes, based on design/build/operate contracts, coupled with the bundling of numbers of projects under a single contract. My Department has recently produced a comprehensive procurement guidance document to assist local authorities and group schemes in the implementation of this policy and I am arranging to have a copy of the document sent to the Deputy.

Department of the Environment and Local Government: grants for provision and improvement of group water schemes

County Council 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Allocation Total 1998-2002
Carlow 36,153 63,487 88,882 80,628 434,000 269,150
Cavan 406,540 672,961 2,006,186 4,012,372 4,600,000 7,098,059
Clare 1,143,993 1,018,157 1,568,127 1,841,120 2,200,000 5,571,397
Cork 633,241 1,015,790 1,307,830 1,555,429 1,,675,000 4,512,291
Donegal 1,503,314 1,160,753 1,828,311 3,174,345 3,550,000 7,666,723
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown 0 0 0 0 16,500 0
Fingal 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Dublin 0 0 0 0 0 0
Galway 2,444,671 3,418,636 4,763,124 3,555,267 5,345,000 14,181,698
Kerry 741,238 859,062 962,898 1,079,277 1,880,000 3,642,475
Kildare 1,012,837 1,160,350 489,065 1,618,916 850,000 4,281,168

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County Council 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Allocation Total 1998-2002
Kilkenny 136,521 507,895 506,827 476,152 550,000 1,627,395
Laois 132,309 403,777 476,152 641,218 1,060,000 1,653,455
Leitrim 434,301 1,462,774 1,422,107 1,646,215 1,950,000 4,965,397
Limerick 843,708 973,558 860,248 825,330 870,000 3,502,843
Longford 102,594 368,224 444,408 213,999 850,000 1,129,225
Louth 581,055 852,121 307,277 342,829 530,000 2,083,282
Mayo 13,233 2,121,882 2,856,911 2,856,911 4,850,000 7,848,927
Meath 251,700 196,809 298,388 476,152 750,000 1,223,050
Monaghan 656,171 1,895,581 1,484,178 2,459,862 5,030,000 6,475,792
Offaly 183,203 503,656 596,777 1,257,041 1,650,000 2,540,676
Roscommon 645,488 1,703,516 877,911 1,505,085 1,025,000 4,731,980
Sligo 640,246 838,764 626,367 1,003,093 2,250,000 3,108,470
North Tipperary 323,944 704,705 626,402 1,396,712 1,200,000 3,051,763
South Tipperary 49,560 158,717 222,204 488,849 390,000 919,331
Waterford 6,716 65,392 165,066 253,948 234,500 491,121
Westmeath 1,360,198 1,515,267 521,936 2,095,068 1,160,000 5,492,469
Wexford 85,568 269,819 0 203,158 840,000 558,545
Wicklow 44,441 101,706 126,974 241,250 260,000 514,371
Total 14,412,934 24,013,359 25,414,556 35,300,207 46,000,000 145,141,055


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