Kilkenny rural water schemes to benefit from €1.8m investment
By COLIN BARTLEY
NEARLY €2 million has been earmarked for upgrading water services in county Kilkenny.
The money will be invested over the next three years, with the first €500,000 being spent in the next 12 months.
Kilkenny’s Junior Minister John Paul Phelan confirmed the funding as part of a €55 million new capital investment programme for water services in rural areas.
Tullaroan, Stoneyford, Rathclevin, Kilree, Parks and Dunmore are among the areas set to benefit from the €1,828,691 earmarked for the proposed works.
In all, 621 projects nationwide were approved for funding by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.
Minister Phelan said the funding shows the Government’s commitment to rural development.
“This funding is being provided through local authorities and will largely support infrastructure improvements for Group Water Schemes in rural areas. The capital investment is being provided under the National Development Plan 2018-2027 and I’m delighted to see communities in Kilkenny benefit.
“Good quality water services are critically important to the wellbeing of people and the local economies of rural Ireland. The Government is prioritising investment to support rural communities.
“We are working with local authorities and group water schemes across Ireland as partners to ensure that people in rural Ireland can expect the same outcomes in the delivery of water services as those in urban areas. This requires significant investment, which is being delivered.”