The implementation of a Quality Assurance system (QA) is generally considered to be a significant step in ensuring that the requirements of the European Community (Drinking Water) Regulations 2014 and 2017 are being met and it is, therefore, one of the terms and conditions (condition 5) for the receipt of an operational subsidy from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. At a minimum, a letter of confirmation from the NFGWS that the scheme has applied for, or has completed, training in the implementation of the NFGWS QA system will be sufficient documentary evidence for this condition. However, the Local Authority may seek further documentary evidence (e.g. QA records incl. chlorine residuals, identified critical control points etc.) before being satisfied that this condition is being met. A GWS implementing a National Standards Authority of Ireland equivalent QA system will have to submit similar supporting documentation. It is not expected that small schemes not within the remit of the Drinking Water Regulations will be expected to comply with or submit documentary evidence in relation to this condition.
Operational subsidy support at 100% (up to the maximum) is provided under the Rural Water Programme towards QA implementation and completion of the training course.