Water committee considers subsidy for group water schemes

A Donegal TD says the implementation of a complete group water scheme subsidy would ensure those residents would not be paying twice for their water.

A cross party Dail committee was told by representatives from the departments of Finance and Housing that 25 million euro would cover 100% of the cost of all group schemes.

Currently rural homes on a scheme are faced with significant costs of running treatment plants and piping water and could be faced with having to pay for services a second time through general taxation.

Independent TD Thomas Pringle is a member of the committee on future funding of domestic water services.

He says they have the option to recommend that funding be provided which would cover the cost for all domestic water users: