top of page

€50 Million Announced for Wastewater Treatment in Rural Areas

Date: 28 April 2022

Deputy Steven Matthews, Green TD for Wicklow, has welcomed the opening of a new funding scheme to upgrade wastewater collection and treatment systems in rural areas. Speaking following the announcement from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Matthews said:

“I am delighted that €50 million has been allocated under the National Development Plan to this scheme which will seek to address the wastewater collection and treatment needs of villages and settlements that either don’t have access to public wastewater services or who’s infrastructure in this regard requires significant upgrade. This is a crucial investment which will reduce water pollution, improve public health and enable rural communities to thrive.”

“It is very welcome that Wicklow County Council will have the opportunity to make two funding applications, in order of priority, for wastewater treatment projects under this scheme. At least ten projects nationally will be supported in the initial cycle of this measure. 85% of the value of the successful projects with be provided by the Exchequer, with the remainder coming from local authorities.

“I recognise that there are many rural villages and settlements in Wicklow that would benefit from investment in wastewater collection and treatment. I look forward to the opportunity to engage with the local authority and offer any advice/ support I can to potential proposal applications. Separately, I am always happy to meet with residents/ groups to discuss their concerns and if there are any specific issue in relation to water treatment, I would encourage people to get in touch with me directly to discuss it, concluded Deputy Matthews.



bottom of page