Water services feel the pinch

Offaly County Council received the third lowest allocation for Rural Water Funding in the country this year.

Offaly County Council received the third lowest allocation for Rural Water Funding in the country this year.

At the Tullamore Area Comittee meeting, Senior Engineer with Water Services Tom Shanahan said the council had only been allocated €22,000 in Rural Water 2012 funding.

This represents a drop from €2 million during the boom and between €600,000 and €700,000 last year.

Mr Shanahan said there were other counties with much poorer water supplies and this could have accounted for the cut. “We have been back to the Department to make our case,” said Mr Shanahan.

“We are a victim of our own success,” said Cllr Dervill Dolan, referring to Offaly’s good water quality.

Cllr Danny Owens asked if this meant that no group water schemes would be taken over in Offaly this year.

Mr Shanahan said it cost very little to take over schemes so this area shouldn’t be affected. However he said the extension of existing schemes or the creation of new ones would not happen this year.