Fáilte romhat chuig leathanach baile idirlín Chónaidhm Náisiúnta na nGrúipscéimeanna Uisce. Is é an phríomhaidhm atá ag an suíomh seo ná slí a chur ar fáil don phobal chun teacht ar eolas faoi ghníomhaíochtaí na Cónaidhme. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh tú úsáid agus taitneamh as.

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

NFGWS Press Release - Urgent need for water conservation.

As the exceptionally high water demand currently being experienced has potential implications for human health, the NFGWS is urging group water scheme members to use water wisely and to avoid all necessary use... to view full press dated 28th June 2018..click here

European Commission's proposal to recast the EU Drinking Water Directive

On the 1st February 2018 the European Commission published its proposal to recast the EU Drinking Water Directive.  The NFGWS made a submission on this proposal on the 28th March 2018 and it can be viewed.....here

Minister Murphy announces increased supports for rural water services.

Following successful completion of a review of GWS Operational Subsidy to ensure Equity and Fairness for the GWS sector towards the costs of supplying domestic water, and its subsequent unanimous approval by the NFGWS Board and endorsement at an NFGWS Special Delegate Conference held in Athlone on Wednesday, 13th December 2017, Minister Eoghan Murphy, TD today (15th December) announced details of revised subsidy arrangements.

The full text of the Ministers announcement can be viewed click here

The NFGWS also issued a press release in relation to the revised subsidy which can be viewed click here

GWS Operational Subsidy reinstated to pre-2015 levels for period 1st January 2015 to 30th June 2016

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) issued a circular - Circular: L8/17 - to all Local Authorities on the 29th November 2017 notifying them that the GWS operational subsidy has been reinstated to pre-2015 levels (i.e. €140 per house for privately sourced GWSs and €70 per house for publicly sourced GWSs) for the period 1st January 2015 to 30 June 2016.  Any refunds due to GWSs will be made by way of a supplementary by their relevant Local Authority.

Newsletter issued to members of Group Water Schemes explaining the new subsidy arrangements - January 2018 click here

Minister Eoghan Murphy TD, announces further grant allocations.

Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD, announces further grant allocations of some €3.7m under the 2017 Rural Water Programme, bringing the total planned investment in the rural water sector to over €15m in 2017.  For a copy of the press release issued by his department on Wednesday, 20th September 2017.....click here

CEO post created in the NFGWS and appointment of Barry Deane as the new CEO

The Board of the NFGWS at its most recent meeting decided, on a recommendation from ICOS Consultants, to re-title the most senior executive post in the federation from "National Co-ordinator" to "Chief Executive Officer" and appointed Barry Deane as the new CEO with effect from 4th September 2017.  This follows the return of Colm Brady, from secondment, to the civil service and his old Dept of Social Protection.

The new CEO, Barry Deane is pictured with Minister Eoghan Murphy TD and Brendan O'Mahony, Chairperson NFGWS at the Rural Water Conference in Claremorris on 14th September 2017.

NFGWS / LASTG Rural Water Conference

The 17th Annual Rural Water Services Conference was held on Thursday, 13th September 2018 in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, County Mayo.  To view conference programme and conference speaker presentations...click here

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 or rural water services.


National Federation of Group Water Schemes meets Minister Eoghan Murphy regarding equity for Domestic Consumers on Group Water Schemes. To view NFGWS press release issued Friday, 28th July 2017...click here

To view NFGWS Press Release issued Wednesday, 14th June 2017 in relation to Group Water Scheme operational subsidy review and the appointment of a new Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD...click here...

NFGWS Responses to Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services.

During January and February 2017 the NFGWS were asked for responses on 3 broad topics by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services.  The NFGWS met with the Committee on the 7th February 2017 following which the NFGWS were asked a number of additional questions.  The 3 NFGWS responses can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

  1. Public Engagement and Transparency.
  2. Conservation Measures - NFGWS Cover Letter
  3. Equity & Fairness and NFGWS Responses to Queries following meeting with Committee on 7th February 2017.

Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme - final 2016 allocations announced by Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government on 30th August 2016



The breakdown of measures under the Rural Water Programme can be summarised as follows;

Measure 1                                                                                                                                              Measure 2

Environmental and Public Health Compliance (Group Water Sector)                                                       Enhancement of Existing Schemes (Group Water Sector)

Measure 3                                                                                                                                              Measure 4

Rural Development (Group Water Sector)                                                                                           Transition of Schemes to public water and wste water sector

Measure 5

Innovation and Research

Joint NFGWS & EPA project on community desludging of On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems (OSWTS)

Established in response to the finding from the first phase of the EPA's National Action Plan on OSWTS that poor management of such systems is a major issue to be addressed, plase one of a pilot project completed on GWSs in County Louth confirmed that householders within the Zone of Contribution (ZOC) to the group water scheme source are positively disposed towards the regular desludging of their OSWTS where that is co-ordinated by the local GWS board of management/committee. 

       The project final evaluation report can be viewed click here...

Phase two of the pilot is now underway, with the assistance of EPA funding.  Six GWSs are participating and will be working closely with NFGWS staff over the coming months on the project.  A Steering Group has been established to oversee the project including representatives of the NFGWS, EPA, GSI and LAWCO.

Phase two of the pilot GWS-led community Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems Education and Desludging Initiative Project Report - May 2018...click here

Expert Panel - Reports, Recommendations and Detailed information published by Department on 14th September 2016.

An Expert Panel was set up by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to review and evaluate submissions for funding from Local Authorities under the multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2016 to 2018.

On 14th September 2016 the Department published on its website full details of the Expert Panel's reports and recommendations.

The combined reports can be downloaded.....click here

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

Irish Water to assume responsibility for billing its non-domestic (business) customers on a phased basis.

Since 2014 Irish Water has been responsible for the provision of water and wastewater services to all households, businesses and group water schemes previously serviced by Local Authorities. Irish Water did not assume responsibility for the billing element of its non-domestic service (business and IW supplied GWSs) at that time. Up to now this billing service has been administered by the Local Authorities on behalf of Irish Water. Each Local Authority has continued, on an interim basis, to issue these bills and to collect the charges at the same rates and frequencies, and with the same domestic allowances, as had been charged prior to 2014.

Beginning during July 2016, with counties Meath and Monaghan, a process to transfer billing and account administration to Irish Water will take place on a phased basis. Irish Water will be in contact with individual customers as their accounts are transferring and full details will also be available on the Irish Water website www.water.ie.

The transfer of account administration and billing to Irish Water will not involve a change in water services charges, free domestic allowances or billing frequencies in the medium term. It is understood that the process of agreeing a longer term “enduring tariff” structure with the Commissioner for Energy Regulation (Water) is still some time away from concluding.

The NFGWS is meeting with Irish Water to ensure that this transition will not be problematic for Group Water Schemes or their customers during the transfer process. Affiliated Group Water Schemes that experience any difficulties should contact their NFGWS development officer.

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



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