Minister Murphy announces new three-year investment programme for water services in rural areas
Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government today, Friday 8 February 2019, announced a new investment programme for water services in rural areas. The Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme is to run from 2019 to 2021.
The announcement follows the review the Minister put in place to examine the wider investment needs relating to rural water services. In 2018 the Minister appointed a high level Working Group which has now made recommendations for changes and improvements, which the Minister has accepted.
Key features of the Programme include:
- Significant capital investment to support Group Water Schemes in rural areas.
- A new grant measure to support rural communities to link to the public drinking water and waste water network.
- The maximum grant for refurbishment works to a domestic well will increase from €2,031 to €3,000. A new and additional provision is included for a maximum grant of €5,000 where a new well is required as an exceptional measure.
- The means test to qualify for a grant to carry out improvement works on a septic tank is being abolished and the maximum grant is being increased to €5,000. Currently, the maximum grant amounts available are €2,500 and €4,000 depending on the applicant’s means. Eligibility for the grant scheme is also being extended. Read full article here
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