This year’s Irish Rivers Trust and Catchment Community Groups Seminar:…
NFGWS: Drinking Water Source Protection Framework, a Mitigation Actions for Farming handbook and a new public water refill station
The National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) is the organisation for community-owned Rural Water Supplies in Ireland. The NFGWS is a Co-operative with over 400 affiliate Group Water Scheme members. They have recently published A Framework for Drinking Water Source Protection and A Handbook of Source Protection Mitigation Actions for Farming.
A Framework for Drinking Water Source Protection
As part of the NFGWS source protection pilot project, an NFGWS guidance document has been produced titled A Framework for Drinking Water Source Protection.
This Framework provides a methodological approach to evaluating pressures on water quality within a drinking water catchment/of contribution, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether ‘protection’ or ‘improvement’ will be required. Furthermore, it explains the importance of prioritising contamination risks so that a targeted approach may be adopted. To view this document, click here or on the image below.
A Handbook of Source Protection and Mitigation Actions for Farming
Where water quality requires improvement, source protection measures, including mitigation, will be necessary. In an effort to help group water schemes decide upon which mitigation measures would be most appropriate, the NFGWS is in the process of developing a series of mitigation option handbooks.
Pressures can derive from urban and rural sources and are not limited to agricultural activities. However, given the predominantly rural setting of group water schemes and their location within agricultural catchments, the preparation of mitigation guidance for the farming community has been prioritised with publication of A Handbook of Source Protection and Mitigation Actions for Farming. To view this document, click here or on the image below.
Mid-Roscommon Group Water Scheme launch Tulsk water bottle refill station
This is a great initiative which will help reduce plastic waste.