Fine Gael Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement of €235,075 for group rural water schemes in Louth under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme for 2016.
The €235,000 will be provided to the Louth County Council which will be responsible for the oversight and administration of the programme.
“The aim of the funding is to improve water quality in the existing group water schemes in Louth and the upgrading of water works in group water scheme distribution networks.
“The funding will be allocated to projects and schemes that are at various stages of development from planning, to procurement, to construction.” O’Dowd said, “This funding allocation is significant news for Louth and the increase in funding will ensure that more people in Louth have access to good quality piped water supply in their houses.”
“The total 2016 allocation of almost €14.9 million under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme is an increase of almost 30 per centon last year’s allocation.
The increase in funding will fund almost 119 schemes and projects, which will benefit over 12,500 households across the country.
“The allocation is critical for providing funding for new schemes that enable rural households to have a consistent supply of good quality piped water for the first time.” Mr O'Dowd said.
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