3.5 million euro has been announced today for the Rural Water Programme in Mayo.

Minister Eoghan Murphy has announced grant supports nationally totalling €20 million for water services in rural areas. The funding will enable development and improvement work to be undertaken on group water schemes and group sewerage schemes in rural areas and will provide grants for households to upgrade private wells and septic tanks.

Mayo Fine Gael candidate Alan Dillon told Midwest News that the Rural Water Programme for County Mayo is made up of six different measures and the funding that has been announced today is broken down across a series of initiatives.

€2.24 million is being committed under ‘Measure 1’ for water treatment improvements for the group water sector. These improvements are associated with environmental and public health compliance in the following schemes;

Attymas; €15,000, Cregduff; €15,000, Mayo Operate schemes - Bundle No. 1 €1, 474,000, Mayo Operate schemes -Bundle No. 2; €400,000, Drumsheen / Newtown; ;€25,000,  Johnstown / Levalleyroe; €25,000,  Killaturley; €25,000, Robeen; €200,000

Under ‘Measure 2’ dealing with the enhancement of group water schemes, €375,000 is being allocated. This funding is provided to local authorities in the form of a block grant.

Under ‘Measure 3’ which is focused on rural development, €455,000 is being committed:

Tonacrick / Culinakillew €430,000 and Kilmurray €25,000

To support the transition of group water schemes to the public water and waste water sector under ‘Measure 4’, €426,500 is allocated to the following:

Cushin & Ayle €122,000, rishtown €150,000, Ballyholan; €23,000, Glenhest Road; €15,000, Rosmoney; €2,500, Cloonlyon; €4,000, Lecarrow €110,000

Under ‘Measure 6’, €3.5m is being committed to funding grants for private wells and septic tanks.

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