Humphreys announces over €4 million for Rural Water Schemes in Cavan and Monaghan in next 2 years

October 16, 2019

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Fine Gael TD for Cavan Monaghan, has announced almost €4 million for Rural Water Schemes for Cavan and Monaghan between 2019 and 2021. This includes an allocation of €2,008,369 in 2019.

Minister Humphreys said:

I am delighted to announce €4 million in Government funding for Rural Water Schemes in Cavan and Monaghan over the next 2 years. This includes €1,686,471 for Cavan and €2,283,314 for Monaghan.

In 2019 alone, projects in Cavan will receive €1,010,005 and projects in Monaghan will receive €998,364. All of the schemes are doing a great job in providing top quality drinking water to rural areas. This funding is being provided through the Local Authorities under Project Ireland 2040 and will largely support infrastructure improvements.

Good quality water services are critically important to the wellbeing of people and local economies in rural Ireland. The Government is prioritising investment to support rural communities and today’s announcement is a testament to that. This funding is vital in terms of ensuring that the proper infrastructure is in place to make sure our water supply is safe, clean and consistent. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the local schemes including the voluntary committees, and the teams in Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council, for submitting excellent applications for funding.

This announcement follows a review initiated by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government last year to examine the wider investment needs of our rural water services. Following this review, the funding is being allocated under seven different investment measures. Local projects have received funding under five of these measures.

Measure 1 - Source Protection: This is aimed at protecting the water source of group water schemes in contributing to the safety of water users.

Measure 2 - Public health compliance:  This is aimed at improving water quality in existing group water schemes through the upgrading of their treatment facilities.

Measure 3 - Enhancement of existing schemes including water conservation: This measure supports projects to make existing group water schemes more efficient in their operation.

Measure 4 - New Group Water Schemes: This supports social and economic development in rural towns and villages and their hinterlands by providing new group water schemes where public water supply schemes or individual private wells are not the most viable option.

Measure 5 - Transition of Existing Group Water and Sewerage Schemes to the Public Water Sector:  This measure enables existing group water schemes and group sewerage schemes to transition to the public water sector and be taken in charge by Irish Water.

The two remaining measure are:

“I want our rural communities in Cavan and Monaghan to benefit from top quality water infrastructure and services.

We need to protect water sources and ensure the highest standards in water treatment.  The Government is making this happen through this increased investment.

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