Hazzard welcomes ‘Rural Bore Well Scheme’

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the announcement by Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to make money available to allow people not connected to mains water to drill bore wells. Speaking to Newry Times, Mr. Hazzard stated, “Most people take mains water for granted yet in rural areas over 350 families are not connected to the main water supply. Despite an attempt to connect many of these homes to the main supply the cost has proved prohibitive and many still rely on old wells, drawing water by hand or living off bottled water.” “This new initiative will allow homes to apply for money to drill bore holes to a source of water that will then act as a reservoir giving homes running water for the first time. The Rural Bore Well Scheme, while not covering the entire cost, will meet the cost of boring the well up to £10,000 making it more affordable for those rural dwellers. I would encourage all those families whose homes are without running water to contact the Department of Regional Development and apply for the scheme that will allow them access to a clean, hygienic supply of water.” He added, “Alternatively, dwellers in South Down can contact one of their local Sinn Féin advice centres where assistance will be given. The scheme is also open to those people who already have bore wells that have fallen into disrepair so that they can be brought back up to the correct standard.”
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