Operational and Capital Funding for the GWS sector

Group water schemes set their own charges in respect of non-domestic connections.  These are generally based on meter-based usage.  In addition, schemes have a 'new connections' fee set by the local GWS Board/Committee and agreed by the membership.

In addition to these sources of income - and to ensure equity & fairness for the rural water sector - two subsidies are provided through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH), an operational subsidy payment and capital funding towards specific measures under the Rural Water Programme.  The drawdown of subsidies and capital grants is processed through the relevant local authority.

Operational subsidy

Capital Grant-aid

On 17 January 2024, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien announced the launch of the next cycle of the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme (MARWP) which covers the three year period from 2024 to 2026. The MARWP is the essential capital funding avenue that facilitates sustained investment in the GWS sector. The 2024-2026 funding cycle consists of 9 Measures that reflect the key challenges facing the rural water sector.

An NFGWS Framework summary document is available below:

The key principles that underpin the 2024-2026 Framework can be read below: