Dáil Éireann - Volume 623 - 06 July, 2006

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the steps being taken by his Department to ensure a sewerage scheme is installed in the Achill Sound area of County Mayo which will serve the full community, which will be affordable to the community and which will serve future generations; his views on whether these steps are [1845] necessary in view of the fact that it is on the cards for 15 years and in view of the fact that the polluter pays principle means that it is making the scheme economically impossible; if he will examine the situation; his views on meeting with the group to outline the possibilities available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27448/06]

  Mr. Roche: I refer to the reply to Question No. 250 of 29 June 2006.

My Department is in discussions with Mayo County Council in relation to the scheme and will consider urgently revised proposals which the Council has undertaken to submit within the next few weeks.

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when the proposed increase in abstraction levels at Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare will take effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27469/06]

  Mr. Roche: The Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant Expansion Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007 as a scheme to commence construction this year.

Dublin City Council’s tender recommendations for both the civil and mechanical and electrical contracts for the scheme are under examination in my Department and are being dealt with as quickly as possible.

Question No. 746 answered with Question No. 739.

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of applications for works which have been made to his Department in the context of the water services investment programme; the number of these which were granted, refused, commenced and completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27471/06]

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of counties which have applied for the construction or expansion of water and waste water treatment plants each year since 2000; the number of these applications which have been granted; the extent of funding allocated for such works; the number of these projects which have been completed; if there were unsuccessful applications; if so, the reason for their failure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27472/06]

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to any county [1846] experiencing water shortages due to increased demand for service; the way in which such shortages are to be resolved; the measures he has taken to ensure that such shortages are prevented from occurring; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27473/06]

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of households approximately which derive their water supplies from each local authority's water supply network at present; the water services infrastructural upgrades which have been made in each county since 1996; the increases in the volume of water abstracted from sources which have occurred in each county since 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27474/06]

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if, regarding the water services investment programme, census figures pertaining to population increases will be taken into account when planning for development of the water services system; if the national level of housing construction has been taken into account when devising the investment programme; if the programme is sufficiently flexible to accommodate significant fluctuations in housing construction which may affect the level of water supply required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27475/06]

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if there is an established minimum level of service pertaining to water provision that must be provided to households who source their water via local government mains supply; if so, the way in which this level of service is guaranteed; if he has satisfied himself that it is maintained; if not, his views on introducing guidelines in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27476/06]

  Mr. Roche: I propose to take Questions Nos. 747 to 752, inclusive, together.

Management of public drinking water supplies is the responsibility of the local authorities, which have a range of instruments and measures available to them to produce and conserve sufficient stocks to meet anticipated needs. New infrastructure projects including water conservation works, are approved for funding under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme mainly on the basis of priorities identified in regular assessments of needs undertaken by local authorities, at my Department’s request, as an input to the overall strategy for meeting public water supply and waste water requirements. The latest assessments were carried out in 2003 and the resulting [1847] priorities have been taken into account in the framing of subsequent phases of the Water Services Investment Programme. The current phase of the Programme, which sets out my Department’s investment strategy for the years 2005 to 2007, including details of all approved schemes and the associated funding, is available in the Oireachtas Library. Information in relation to other scheme proposals may appropriately be sought from individual local authorities.

Local authorities have recently been asked by my Department to produce updated water services needs assessments and to review their infrastructural priorities in light of economic, demographic and other developments, including housing, that have taken place since the previous assessments were completed in 2003. These assessments will identify requirements for additional water production, treatment, storage or distribution capacity and will inform future phases of the Water Services Investment Programme. In addition, should there be an urgent [1848] need to expedite an individual proposal in response to particular circumstances new schemes may be added to the Programme at any time.

Some €3.7 billion will be spent under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 on the provision of water services infrastructure. A total of 334 water services schemes were completed under the Water Services Investment Programme in the period 2000 to 2005.

Information regarding households whose water supplies are provided by local authorities is available in Table 13 of Volume 13 of the 2002 Census of Population published by the Central Statistics Office, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library. Details of public water supply schemes completed in the period 1996 to 2005, which have produced additional drinking water treatment capacity equivalent to the needs of a population of 1.1 million, are set out in the following tabular statement. The increase in storage capacity over the same period was sufficient to meet the requirements of a population of over 1.6 million.

Table: Water Supply Schemes completed 1996-2005

County

Scheme

1996

Cork

Macroom Water Supply

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

Dún Laoghaire Water Supply

Fingal

Blanchardstown Water Supply Phase 2

Kerry

Dingle Water Supply

Leitrim

South Leitrim Regional Water Supply Stage 4 Phase 1

Limerick City

Limerick City Water Contract 9

Mayo

Lough Mask RWS Stage 2 (Ballinrobe/Claremorris)

Tipperary South

Tipperary Town Water Supply Augmentation (Reservoir)

Wicklow

Roundwood (Vartry) Water Works

1997

Clare

Kilkee Water

Galway

Tuam Regional Water Scheme

Galway

Inish Oirr Water

Meath

East Meath (Kiltrough Tower) Water

Kildare

Naas Water

Sligo

Lough Talt Water

Mayo

Westport Water (Leakage Control)

Mayo

Westport Water

Meath

Trim Water

Roscommon

Boyle/Ardcarne Water

Tipperary

Nenagh Water

Wicklow

Arklow Water (Goldmines)

1998

Galway

Spiddal/Rossaveal Water

Mayo

Erris (Ext. to Bangor) Water

Limerick

Askeaton/Pallaskenry (Phase 1) Water

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

Ballyboden/Stillorgan Water

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

Dún Laoghaire Water Phase II

[1849] [1850] Fingal

Howth Water

Kildare

Castledermot Water

Kildare

Leixlip NE Kildare Water

Donegal

Buncrana (Pollan Dam) Water

Laois

Portlaoise Water

Kilkenny

Gowran/Paulstown Water (Source Protection)

Meath

Ashbourne/Dunshaughlin Water

Offaly

Clara Water

Tipperary South

Galtee Water

Westmeath

Tyrellspass Water

Cork City

Chetwynd Water

1999

Cork City

Glen/Bride/Kiln River — Phase 3 & 4

Cork

Cork City Water — Chetwynd Main

Meath

East Meath Regional Water Scheme

Meath

East Meath Regional Water Scheme (Kiltrough Water Tower)

Monaghan

Castleblayney Water Supply Improvement Scheme

Monaghan

Monaghan Water Contract 1 — Pipelines

Roscommon

North East Roscommon Water Ext. to Ballagh/Ballybeg

Roscommon

North East Roscommon Water Ext. to Tarmonbarry

Roscommon

North Roscommon Water Supply Scheme Intake

Sligo

North Sligo Regional Water Scheme

Tipperary

Ardfinnan Water Supply Scheme

Waterford

East Waterford Water Supply Scheme — Contract 5, 6 &7

Waterford

East Waterford Water — Emergency Contract (Civil Works)

Waterford

East Waterford Water — Emergency Contract (M & E)

Wexford

Fardystown Water Supply Scheme Contract 2

2000

Cork

Blarney Water

Cork

Fermoy Water

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

Dún Laoghaire Water Supply Contract 7 Telemetry

Fingal

Leixlip Water (Phase II) (4,5,6,7,& 9)

Galway

Oughterard Sludge Facilities (Water Scheme)

Kildare

Monasterevin Water

Limerick

Limerick Trunk Mains Rosbrien

North Tipperary

Templemore Water

Waterford

East Waterford Water Supply Stage 2 Phase 1

Cork

Ballincollig Water Supply

Cork

Ballyvinter Water Scheme

Cork

Glanmire Water Supply, Castlejane

Cork

Glashaboy Water Supply, Caherlag

Cork

Kinsale Water Supply Ardbrack

Kerry

Caherciveen Water Supply Ext. Water

Kildare

Castlecomer Road to Glendine WS

Kildare

Kildare/Rathangan Water Supply

Laois

Water Supply Mains Knockmay

Longford

Ardnacassa

Louth

Clogherhead Water/Sewerage

Mayo

Castlebar Road, Ballinrobe

Meath

Kilmessan Water Supply SLI

Offaly

Cloncollig WSS

Offaly

Kilcormac (W+S)

Offaly

Silver River (Collins Lane/Arden)WSS

2001

[1851] Cavan

Bailieborough RWS St. 1

Galway

Tuam RWS (Phase III) W

Galway

Tuam RWS Ext. to Athenry

Louth

Drogheda WS

Limerick

Limerick Environs & Shannon Estuary WSS Phase 1

Mayo

Ballina RWS (Wherrew)

Mayo

Erris RWS ext. to Mullet Peninsula

Mayo

Lough Mask Sludge Treatment (dewatering @ Tourmakeady )

Monaghan

Monaghan Water

North Tipperary

Roscrea Water

Roscommon

Roscommon North RWSS (Fairymount/Loughlynn)

Sligo

Sligo & Environs Water

Westmeath

Mullingar Water (Taughmon)

Donegal

Dungloe Water Supply SLI

Kerry

Brosna/Knocknagoshel WS

Kerry

Cahermoneen & Knocknacuig W& S SLI

Kildare

Kildare Planning and Dev. of Phases 1A and 1B of Water Supply Strategy

Louth

Greenhills W&S SLI

Mayo

Killala Water SLI

Mayo

Newport/Mulranny Water Augmentation SLI

Sligo

Curry WS RTVI (Rhue/Curry/Bellaghy WSS)

2002

Galway

Ballinasloe (Laurencetown) Water

Meath

Longwood Water

Offaly

Ferbane Water

Cavan

Tanderagee/Curkish Water & Sewerage

Cork

Blarney — Water supply and Sewerage at Station

Cork

Buttevant WS — RTVI

Galway

Inishmore Water

Kildare

Kilcock Water Improvement

Kildare

Kilcullen Water

Kildare

Nurney Water

Mayo

Westport Rd., Louisburgh — Water Ext

2003

Wexford

Fardystown Water Supply

Clare

Newmarket-on-Fergus (Advance)

Cavan

Bailieboro R W S S — Stage 2

Mayo

Lough Mask RWS (Knock — Ballyhaunis)

Meath

Navan Water (Interim Works)

Limerick

Foynes Water Supply

Galway

Galway Water (Phase 3) Ext of Tuam Regional Water to Galway)

Waterford

East Waterford Water Supply Contracts 17A&B 1**

Westmeath

South Westmeath Regional Water Supply Scheme Advance Works Augmentation of Supply to Moate

Westmeath

Mullingar Regional Water Supply Scheme — Treatment (Lough Owel)

Monaghan

Clones Water Scheme

Carlow

Hacketstown WS RTVI

Mayo

Ballycastle Water. SLI

Meath

Longwood Water Supply Scheme

[1852] [1853] 2004

Dublin City

Water Source Dev Planning Short Term Sources

Leitrim

North Leitrim Rural Water Supply Scheme

Louth

Dunleer/Mid-Louth RWSS Advance Works

Limerick

Southern Ring Watermain

Mayo

Lough Mask RWSS — Extension Balla to Ballyheane

Galway

Gort RWSS Advance Works

Kildare

Castledermot Water Stage 2 RTVI

Wicklow

Baltinglass Water Supply

Tipperary NR

N52 Outer Ring Watermain SLI

2005

Westmeath

Mullingar RWSS Sth Western High Level Area

Dublin City

Bohernabreena Spillways

South Dublin

Lucan High Level WSS

Mayo

Achill 4C

Kildare

South Kildare Water Supply Scheme RTVI

Dubin

Pelletstown W&S Scheme SLI

Notes

WS = Water Supply

SLI = Serviced Land Initiative

RTVI = Rural Towns & Villages Initiative

Question No. 753 answered with Question No. 739.