The allocations are aimed at improving water quality in group water schemes, and at upgrading water conservation works in group water scheme distribution networks. The programme also provides funding for group sewerage schemes.
The news was announced by the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government this week. The Rural Water Programme benefits from funding under the European Regional Development Fund.
Welcoming the news, Fine Gael TD for Clare Joe Carey said: ““The Government has also accepted a recommendation from the National Rural Water Services Committee to investigate whether some elements of proposed new group schemes would merit a special contribution to help address funding shortfalls.”
“We are supporting the Group Water sector as an important element of the water industry in Ireland and to continued investment in the sector to sustain and improve quality, standards and performance,” he added.