Roscommon TD says EU directive could mean group schemes applying for water extraction licences

Roscommon Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice is warning that people who volunteer to run group water schemes may stop if legislation is brought in to make them apply for water extraction licences.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says that under an EU directive  the government has signed up , group schemes and even individuals with private wells may have to apply to a body like the Environmental Protection Agency for a licence.

He says it’s is also worrying that under the same directive, the amount of water being extracted by schemes and individuals would also have to be calculated.

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The Independent TD says he believes the price of these licences would be detrimental and the extra bureaucracy would put people off running the group schemes.

He says the government doesn’t have to adhere strictly to the directive and group schemes need to work together to make sure that the measure isn’t implemented in an unworkable manner.