Rural Water


Rural Water Programme

The Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced a new investment programme for water services in rural areas.  The Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme will run from 2024 to 2026.

Funding is available under the following measures:

Measure A1       Source Protection

Measure A2       Water treatment provision, improvements and capital replacement

Measure A3       Amalgamation and/or Rationalisation

Measure A4       Improvement of Infrastructure incl Water Conservation

Measure A5       Extensions to Existing GWS & Development of New Standalone GWS

Measure A6       Taking in charge of Group Water Schemes & Group Sewerage Schemes

Measure A7       Community Water Connections & Community WasteWater Connections

Measure A9       Innovative Demonstration Projects

Further details regarding the above works and grant aid available can be obtained from the Rural Water Sections at or 057 8674355

The following is a link to the framework document which sets out in detail the funding available under the new programme:

The Rural Water Programme also consists of the following Grant Schemes:

A. Grants for Individual Domestic Water Supplies (Well Grants)

This grant assists householders who are dependent on private individual water supplies that are deficient in quality and quantity, to upgrade these supplies. Click here for more information and to download an application form.

B.  Grants for Water and Waste Water Group Schemes

Construction of New Group Schemes

Water Conservation/Network Upgrade works

Specific Source Protection works

Connection to Public Mains of Quality Deficient Group Scheme

DBO Capital replacements Costs

C. Subsidy Grants for Group Water Supply Schemes

This grant is made available to Trustees of Group Water Supply Schemes.  It is a contribution towards the running costs incurred in supplying domestic consumers on private group water schemes that are served from either public or private sources of supply.

Click here for an Explanatory Memorandum on Subsidy Grants.

Click here to download the application form

D.  Grants payable under the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Septic Tanks)

This grant is to assist with the cost of remediation of domestic waster water treatment systems which are deemed, following inspection under the EPA’s National Inspection Plan and subsequent issue of an Advisory Notice by the local authority, to require repair or upgrading.  From the 1st January 2024 there has been an increase in the maximum grant available from €5,000 to €12,000.  Before a property owner applies for the grant please ensure that the following criteria have been met:

  • Property must be primary place of residence (no holiday homes)
  • Property must not be connected to a public sewerage system
  • Property must not be under construction or constructed within the last 7 years
  • Property must not have received a similar grant within the last 7 years
  • Have all the works completed satisfactorily in accordance with the Advisory Notice, i.e. works carried out by a competent and tax compliant contractor

Interested applicants please contact Mr. Colin Doyle, Senior Exec. Engineer, Environment Dept. or email


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