The amount of money set aside for water supply schemes in rural Laois has trebled from an original sum provided earlier this year.
In total €387,250 has being provided for group rural water schemes in Laois under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme for 2016. Laois County Council was given an indicative figure of €100k to work with last May.
It will be up to county hall to decide on how to spend the money.
Laois TD and Minister Charlie Flanagan welcomed the funding saying it is “great news for communities in Laois”.
“The funding for Laois County Council is aimed primarily towards the improvement of water quality in existing group water schemes in Laois, the takeover of some schemes by Irish Water in cases where the scheme has sought such a takeover, and upgrading and water conservation works in group water scheme distribution networks.
“Funding is also provided towards new group water and sewerage schemes in county Laois. These new schemes enable rural households, to have a supply of good quality piped water for the first time.
“The allocation for Laois today is significant news and will ensure that more people in county Laois have access to a good quality piped water supply in their houses.
Minister Flanagan said the Government the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme and the funding announced for Laois, is an important step in this economic recovery for rural areas.
The total 2016 allocation of almost €14.9 million under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme is an increase of almost 30% on last year.