What are cookies and how do we use them?

A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in your web browser while you are browsing a website. There are four different types of cookies that we may use on our websites.

Strictly necessary cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to enable you to navigate around our websites and use its features. Without these cookies, we would be unable to provide certain features.

Here are some examples of how these cookies may be used:

  • Enable you to login to your online account to view your online bill.
  • To pay your bill securely online.

Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies allow our websites to remember choices you have made and help to provide an enhanced, more personal experience on our websites.

Here are some examples of how these cookies may be used:

  • Facilitate login to our websites via Facebook Connect.
  • Allow a visitor to watch a video.
  • Enable a visitor to add comments to a forum.
  • Allow a visitor to share content on our websites on social networks.

Performance cookies

Performance cookies help us improve our websites and online services. These cookies gather information about how our sites are used, including which pages visitors go to most often. These cookies are anonymous - they don't collect information that identifies a visitor.

They also allow us to test new pages and evaluate their effectiveness, making sure we deliver the most relevant information to you and helping us to improve your experience on our websites.

Here are some examples of how these cookies may be used:

  • Set video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser.
  • Provide statistics on website usage.
  • Help us improve the website by identifying patterns and errors.

Advertising cookies

Advertising cookies are used to help compile web statistics on an advertising campaign. They can also be used to deliver more relevant advertisements. These cookies are anonymous - they don't collect information that identifies a visitor.

Here are some examples of how these cookies may be used:

  • Help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.
  • Limit the number of times you see an advertisement.
  • A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been compiled by the internet advertising industry and can be found at www.youronlinechoices.eu

Which cookies do we use on this website?

The following are the cookies we use on our Website:

Google Analytics is a free targeting cookie service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website. We use it to track how users navigate through our website e.g. what pages are performing well/badly, what browsers perform best, the average time a person spends on our website etc.

Java/Apache tomcat is a Functionality cookie. This cookie contains the user's session ID and the cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser). This cookie does not store personal data about you.

How to manage your cookies

If you no longer wish to receive cookies, you can always disable cookies through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. You can also find out how to do this for your particular browser by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org.

You can set your browser to notify you when cookies are active, or you may choose not to accept cookies at all. In additional, you can delete cookies that have already been set.

Irish Water will assume that you agree to the placement of cookies on your device unless you specifically choose not to receive our cookies, in which case we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.

Irish Water uses Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our websites. The cookies used by this product collect information in an anonymous form. If you wish to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

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