Watch Back: Rural Water Services Conference 2023

The 2023 Rural Water Services Conference took place on 7 September 20023. This year's conference theme, 'Embracing Change – Opportunities and Challenges for the GWS Sector’, focused on a time of transformation within the sector. A range of experts spoke on key areas, including key developments in rural water sector policy and funding throughout the past 12 months, drinking water source protection, and the importance of participation in the GWS sector.

You can download a copy of the conference programme here.

The slides from each speaker presentation are available to download here.

Each presentation can be watched back below and on our YouTube channel:

Session one: Policy and Funding for the Rural Water Sector

Kieran O’Donnell TD - Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage — Opening Ministerial Address

Brian Gallagher - Technical Director, TOBIN Consulting Engineers — Research & Information Report on Rural Water

Jean Rosney - Senior Development Co-ordinator, NFGWS — Legislation Changes Impacting Water Suppliers

Douglas Kelly - Principal Officer, Rural Water Unit, DHLGH — Upcoming Multi-annual Rural Water Programme

Session two: Protecting Water - Source Catchment to Consumer Tap

Geraldine Taylor - Manager, Kilconieron Group Water Scheme — Developing a Water Safety Plan – Kilconieron Group Water Scheme’s Experience

Patrick McCabe - Catchment Scientist, NFGWS, and Seán Corrigan - Source Protection Mitigations Lead, NFGWS — Source Protection Pilot Project Final Report

Gerard Hannon – Chief Technician, Environment Section, Roscommon County Council — A Changed Approach to Achieving Environmental Compliance

Session three: The importance of participation in the GWS sector

Barry Deane - CEO, NFGWS — Celebrating 25 years of the NFGWS

Panel Discussion on ‘Encouraging Greater Participation on GWSs’