Guidance for Group Water Schemes regarding the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

The National Federation of Group Water Schemes has prepared Advice Notes to all Group Water Schemes in light of the continuing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

These documents have been circulated to all Group Water Schemes in County Leitrim and contains vital information on continuity of operation and managment of Group Water Schemes, preventing community transmission and protecting the water supply.

NFGWS Advice Note on Covid-19 and GWSs 10-03-2020.pdf (size 760.2 KB)

NFGWS GWS Advice Note 2 on Covid -19 20-03-2020.pdf (size 111 KB)

NFGWS GWS Advice Note 3 on Covid -19 30-03-2020.pdf (size 106.8 KB)

See below, a sample letter to be given to all essential workers who have to travel as part of the provision of essential services to a Group Water scheme. Group Water Schemes should adapt this letter and provide copies to all essential employees or subcontractors. Essential workers should carry this leter with them while travelling in the line of duty for a Group Water Scheme along with a form of identification.

Group Water Scheme Template Letter Employee Exemption.docx (size 22.5 KB)

In addition two other sources of information are relevant and useful on the subject.

The first is a short Technical Brief summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation which is relevant for viruses (including coronaviruses). This Technical Brief is written in particular for water and sanitation practitioners and providers. It is available at the link under:

The second is an advice note by the HSE on COVID-19 in chlorinated drinking water supplies. It is available at the link under:

On broader COVID-19 information there are dedicated pages on the HSE, Department of Health and Health Protection Surveillance Centre websites, these are updated twice daily, providing a trusted source of information to the public.

Health Service Executive (HSE):

Department of Health:

Health Protection Surveillance Centre:



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