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

The GWS capital funding stream under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme for 2019-2021 was announced by Minister Eoghan Murphy on Friday 8th February 2019.  The objectives for this cycle is to provide enhanced funding certainty for capital upgrades and to support the implementation of proper planning and sustainable development of drinking water services in rural areas. The 2019 -2021 funding cycle of the multi-annual programme consists of 8 Measures that reflect the key challenges facing the rural water sector.

While the framework for the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme 2022-2024 is still to be published, the key principles that will underpin the reviewed framework can be read below: