Group Water Schemes

Group Water Schemes provide a water supply to two or more householders where no such supply, or a seriously deficient supply, already exists.  

Setting up New Group Water Scheme

A grant of 85% of the total scheme cost is available subject to a maximum grant per house of €7,650. The grant is based on the cost per domestic connection; this is generally obtained by dividing the all-in cost by the number of domestic connections.  

The necessary 15% cash contributions by the participants must be collected and lodged in a bank account, opened by the Trustees, before the appropriate grants may be allocated. All grants are paid directly into this account.  

A grant of up to 100% is available of the approved cost of essential water filtration and disinfection equipment for schemes dependent on a quality deficient private source.  

In order to qualify for a domestic grant, the applicant must, on completion of the scheme, have a sink and tap installed inside his/her house and it must be connected to the group water supply.  
All grants are subject to approval by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government under the Multi Annual Rural Water Programme.

Tests are required to be carried out, before work goes ahead, to establish the reliability of the source from a health and yield viewpoint. The Council’s technical staff ensures the highest standard of construction and performance by examining the plans and design of each scheme.  

The maintenance of completed schemes is the responsibility of the Group.

Takeover of group schemes

A group water scheme may apply to have their scheme taken in charge by Irish Water. Each Group Water Scheme must have 66.6% majority consent from Group Scheme members in order to be taken over by Irish Water.  A grant of up to 100% of the total cost of any required upgrade works may be made available on review by Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

Further information is available from the Rural Water Section of Leitrim County Council located at Park Lane, Carrick-on-Shannon, Phone 071 9620005 Ext 611.


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