The Environmental Strategy Lead is responsible for the development of medium and long-term strategies in relation to the water environment and in particular in relation to the catchments which contain Irish Water’s drinking water sources and which receive treated wastewater from Irish Water assets. The role is responsible for delivering Irish Water’s urban wastewater compliance strategy. This includes managing the requirements of the ECJ case in relation to compliance with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. The role also includes the management of major work programmes relating to development of River Basin Plans under the Water Framework Directive. The role includes for development of medium and long-term compliance strategies for wastewater networks and combined sewer overflows both in relation to Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and Water Framework Directive requirements. The role will include development of strategies in relation to waste water discharge licence review having regard to environmental outcomes to facilitate potential capex and opex reduction for Irish water.

The role will address catchment impacts on drinking water sources and help to develop Irish Water policies in relation to catchment management in conjunction with the Water Supply Asset Planning team having regard to the Drinking Water Safety Plan approach. The role will also address environmental considerations for drinking water resources under the Water Framework Directive.

The role will focus on delivering successful outcomes with implications for Irish Water’s ability to deliver compliance outcomes acceptable to key stakeholders at national and EU level. This role will also focus on positively impacting Irish Water’s capital and operational expenditure.

The role reports into the Asset Strategy & Sustainability Manager and sits within the Asset Strategy & Sustainability function within Irish Water. The role will involve strong cross-functional working across Irish Water functions particularly including the other Asset Strategy & Sustainability teams, Asset Planning, Environmental regulation and Operations & Maintenance. The role will work closely and collaboratively with the other Functions to deliver optimum outcomes for Irish Water in terms of environmental compliance, capex and opex reduction and risk reduction for Irish Water.

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