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Rural Water

Introduction

The Rural Water Programme was devolved from the Department of the Environment & Local Government to Local Authorities in 1997. In so doing new measures of grant aid were introduced in relation to small group water/sewerage schemes, and individual water supplies.

This provided an additional opportunity for Mayo County Council to further the cause of decentralisation and work hand in hand with local communities, in the provision and maintenance of that most basic service – a potable water supply.

Group water schemes are found primarily in rural areas generally not served by a public water supply. A group can consist of as few as 2 residences and all are privately owned, operated, and maintained. Group water schemes can be subdivided into two types:

  1. Where the water is produced by the Local Authority which is then sold in bulk to the group scheme, who manage the network. These are called Public Group Water Schemes.
  2. Where the water is fully produced and distributed by the group. These schemes are called private group water schemes.

As of 2016 there are approximately 203 such schemes in operation in County Mayo, serving more than 18,000 homes and businesses.

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