Rural Water Programme
The Rural Water Programme was devolved from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government to Local Authorities in 1997.
In the cases where a group of two or more householders have come together, using a shared water distribution system and / or water treatment system, supplied from a common source, to provide themselves with a water supply where no such supply (or a seriously deficient supply) already exists.
The objective of the scheme is to provide grant assistance to households who are dependent on private individual well supplies and incurring capital expenditure.
This is where a group of two or more households get together to provide themselves with sewerage facilities where no such facilities (or seriously deficient facilities) already exist.
As an integral part of a planning approach to improving the quality and reliability of rural water supplies, an annual subsidy towards the operational costs of group water schemes in supplying water for domestic use will be payable by local authorities to groups meeting the conditions of the subs
If your water supply is from a private source, i.e. borehole or river, and supplies over 50 persons or more than 10 cubic metres per day, or has a commercial or public interest, this is deemed a Private Regulated Water Supply.