Adare and Askeaton Sewerage Schemes

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding a sewerage scheme (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Dan Neville.

To the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government:

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding a scheme (details supplied) in County Limerick.

For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 4th February, 2010.

Ref Nos: 5955/10 and 5968/10

REPLY

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Gormley):

I propose to take Questions Nos. 314 and 316 together.

The Adare Sewerage Scheme and the combined Athea, Askeaton, Foynes, Glin and Shanagolden Sewerage Scheme were included for funding in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2007 – 2009.

I understand that Limerick County Council is advancing the detailed planning of the Adare scheme. As regards the combined scheme, my Department is currently examining the Council’s Preliminary Report and a decision on it will be conveyed to the Council as soon as possible.

Further progress on both schemes awaits the finalisation of the Water Services Investment Programme for 2010 to 2012, taking into account the priority attached to the schemes by Limerick County Council in its recent assessment of needs. In July 2009, local authorities were asked to submit an assessment of needs for water and sewerage services to my Department by 23 October 2009. My Department is currently considering these assessments, which form a key input to the development of the 2010 to 2012 Water Services Investment Programme. In conducting their assessments, local authorities were asked to prioritise schemes and contracts for progression over the coming years based on key environmental and economic criteria. I expect to publish the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 to 2012 early this year.