The Spring 2022 edition of the Rural Water News magazine is now available to read online. Among the range of topics covered in this issue, there is an update on the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme (MARWP) and coverage of the recent World Water Day event in Crosserlough GWS.
In regard to the MARWP, there has been significant underspend in the 2019–2021 cycle. Group water schemes that have yet to complete projects are urged to progress works as quickly as possible before the new deadline of the 31st December 2022. While the new framework is still awaited, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) has indicated its intention to extend the next MARWP cycle to run across four years 2022–2025. This will allow the bidding, evaluation and allocation process to be completed this year, followed by a full three-year window for the completion of approved projects.
There have been a number of great educational initiatives carried out by group water schemes all around the country in recent months, including World Water Day events, the expansion of ‘I’ve planted a tree and my garden is pesticide free’, and school workshops on the water/energy nexus. On World Water, 22nd March, Crosserlough GWS hosted an open day and Shannonside Northern Sound FM outside radio broadcast, which shone a light on the source protection efforts of the group water scheme sector. All of these stories and more are featured in this magazine edition.
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