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Welcome to the website of the National Federation of Group Water Schemes. The main purpose of this site is to provide the public with information relating to the activities of the Federation. I hope that you find it useful and enjoyable. About the NFGWS

Rural Water Programme 2015 - Allocations announced on 13th May 2015

The long awaited allocations under the 2015 Rural Water Programme were announced by Mr Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on 13th May 2015. The total allocation for 2015 is €13,876,550 made up of €11,968,850 for Group Water Scheme works and €1,907,700 for Group Sewerage Schemes.

While the overall allocation is a reduction of 29.8% on the allocation for 2014 (€19,764,664), the DECLG press release reports that it is an increase of over 15% on the 2014 expenditure of €11.8 million.

In welcoming the announcement NFGWS Chairperson, Brendan O’Mahony commented that Local Authorities and Group Water Schemes are finding it increasingly more difficult to spend their annual allocations by the end of the year, largely due to the announcements being later each year. “It is very difficult to bring projects through the detailed tender, tender assessment and construction phases within an ever decreasing time period” he stated. Mr O’Mahony also welcomed Minister Kelly’s commitment to introducing a rolling, multi-annual funding programme to provide certainty to the sector on funding of projects. He commented that “the National Federation of Group Water Schemes has been a staunch advocate of such a programme for many years. We discussed this at a meeting with Minister Kelly in February and we look forward to further engaging with the Minister’s officials on progressing this initiative in the very near future”.

The Department press release incorporates the total allocation for each county.....click here

Revised Group Water Subsidy Arrangements (from 1st January 2015)

A review of the subsidy towards GWS operational costs in respect of domestic water supply took place recently.  The review was necessary in the context of the re-introduction of domestic water charges on public water supplies.  The final arrangements, which are effective from 1st January 2015, were published during May 2015 and can be accessed below.

DECLG Subsidy Memorandum May 2015

DECLG Subsidy Application Form May 2015

NFGWS additional guidance on GWS Subsidy June 2015

Water Sector Reform - Group Water Schemes and Irish Water

Group Water Scheme Sector will NOT be taken over by Irish Water

GWS members - what to do if you receive a bill from Irish Water

GWS members must register their details with Irish Water to be eligible for Water Conservation Grant

Information for GWS members registering their details with Irish Water

Group Water Schemes supplied by Irish Water

NFGWS submission to CER - for information of GWSs supplied by Irish Water

Water Conservation Grant

The water conservation grant is payable by Department of Social Protection on behalf of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

All households, including Group Water Scheme households, that registered with Irish Water before 30th June are eligible to apply for the grant.

The following information has been downloaded from the Department of Social Protection Website on 24th August 2015.

  1. Water Conservation Grant - Dept of Social Protection Information 24th August 2015
  2. Water Conservation Grant Frequently Asked Questions - Dept of Social Protection

Applications can be made at www.watergrant.ie

For further information please visit the Department of Social Protection at https://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Water-Charges-and-your-Water-Conservation-Grant.aspx

Ideas for your €100 Water Conservation Grant


National Strategy to reduce exposure to Lead in Drinking Water

On 9th June 2015 the Government approved a National Strategy to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water.  The Strategy was prepared by Department of Environment, Community and Local Government in consultation with the Department of Health, Irish Water, the HSE and the EPA, in order to map the scale of the problem and identify measures to mitigate any risks to human health posed by lead in drinking water.  In February 2016 a Lead Remediation Grant scheme was introduced to assist householders deal with any lead issues they may have in their internal plumbing systems. Copies of the strategy document, the associated press release and an NFGWS information note together with details of the grant scheme and an application form can be accessed below.

DECLG National Lead Strategy Document

DECLG Press release

NFGWS Information Note

Details of grant scheme and application form



NFGWS Conferences / Annual Delegate Conference (ADC)

Who should attend NFGWS Rural Water Conference? Group Water Scheme organisers and board members, Local Authority personnel involved in the delivery and supervision of Rural Water Services and all others with an involvement in the management and delivery of rural water services.

2016 Rural Water Conference will take place on Thursday, 15th September 2016 at the Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Galway.

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