Irish Water have partnered with the Lean & Green Skillnet and Central Solutions to develop an innovative water stewardship and conservation pilot training programme in Spring 2019. The programme aims to support Irish businesses as they seek to improve their water stewardship practices and impacts.

The programme provides companies with an International Water Stewardship Standards Certification (EWS/AWS) and draws on the experiences and work in recent years of the Large Water Users Community of Practice (CoP) in Ireland. 

The programme is open to Irish Water business customers who are looking to reduce water consumption and operating costs, while boosting their reputation and protecting the environment. 

Programme Overview

The programme consists of five online modules and two workshop days. 

  • Module 1  Introduction to water stewardship and developing the business case
  • Module 2  Water mapping of your business 
  • Module 3  Baselining and monitoring 
  • Module 4  Water conservation and quick wins at your site
  • Module 5  Developing a strategy and action plan for water stewardship
  • Module 6  Assessment

As part of the programme, participants will prepare a Water Charter for their facility. The charter will capture the business case for action, their site’s current state, water saving opportunities and an agreed action plan.

Programme Benefits

Cost savings

The programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to identify and deliver verified water and related resource efficiency savings for your company. 

Funded Programme

It is co-funded by Irish Water and the Lean and Green Skillnet allowing companies to nominate one member of staff to be trained as a Certified Water Steward.

Environmental Protection

Learn the key principles of water stewardship and what actions are required to improve environmental performance.

Achieve Certification

Having a certified water steward and an approved action plan will help sustainability commitments including for Origin Green and other reporting requirements. 



Developing the Water Charter itself and getting senior management sign off will prove invaluable

John Durkan, Sustainability Manager at ABP Food Group

The programme is the perfect first step on the water conservation and stewardship journey

Ian Ryan, Energy Engineer at Wyeth Nutrition

Next Steps

More Information

For more information on the Water Stewards Certification programme, contact  

Large Water Users

For more information on the Large Water Users Community of Practice in Ireland, visit

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