78 million euro allocated to Water Services Investment Programme.

In excess of 78 million euro has been announced to Kerry County Council under the water services investment programme. The allocation is to be rolled out over a three year period until 2006. Oliver Ring Director of the Environment and Water Services with KCC says they are pleased with this year`s allocation which is a 9 million euro increase on the previous funding. 8 water schemes are to get underway this year.The estimated cost of phase 1 of the Water Services Investment Programme is over 15 million euro. Larger works to be undertaken will see new and extra pipelines with improved water systems at the firies and scartaglen schemes. South Kerry`s Caherciveen water supply has received over 5 million euro. While listowel has also been given the green light to proceed with their water sewerage programme this year.It`s envisaged that the allocation will be rolled out over a three period. Administered by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government it was first initiated at the beginning of the National Development Plan. The funding has been welcomed by Minister John O Donohue.