I am once again calling on the Government and the Minister to announce an increase in the subvention to Group Water Schemes by at least 100 Euro per house. If the constitution says that every citizen should be treated equally then that is the minimum that people living in rural areas and who are paying for their water for many years should expect. Similarly, people in towns and cities will have a free sewage system and I am proposing that the Government to announce a scheme wherby the repair and upgrade of septic tanks are funded out of central funds as well.
The system as it stands with regard to septic tanks is grossly unfair and it only covers about 5% of what is required. The average cost of repair and upgrade for a septic tank is twelve to fifteen thousand Euro. If the Government are now saying that they will fund the water and sewage out of general taxation and that those who have paid water charges will get that money back, they can afford to fund septic tank repairs and upgrades, and to fund Group Water Schemes properly.