Irish Water has set up a Public Awareness and Communications Programme for members of the public who would like to receive environmental information about discharges from Wastewater Treatment Plants licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Irish Water operates a network of wastewater treatment plants across Ireland with sole responsibility for cleaning and maintaining the public sewer network. These treatment plants vary in size due to the size and population of the area they serve.
Despite the size of a plant, the processes in treating wastewater are generally the same.
Wastewater Discharge Authorisation
All Wastewater discharges (WWD) from areas served by Irish Water sewer networks and discharging to the environment requires a wastewater discharge licence or certificate of authorisation from the EPA.
There are stringent conditions attached to wastewater discharge licences to ensure the treated effluent is of good quality and does not negatively impact on the environment.
Licences and reports
To search for Wastewater Discharge Licences (WWDL), Certificate of Authorisations (COA), Annual Environmental Reports (AER’s), audit reports and associated application documentation relating to the WWDL, visit the EPA website. A step by step guide to help you find the the relevant licence and documentation is available at WWD Access Guide.
Annual Environmental Reports (AERs)
Annual Environmental Reports (AERs) provide a concise summary of compliance information for the year being reported upon for Wastewater Discharge Licences. AERs are not required for the smaller Certificate of Authorisations. AERs for licensed agglomerations for 2018 and 2019 are available in this section. If you have a query about an AER you can contact Irish Water using the form below.
Bathing water quality
For information on the bathing water quality of Ireland's beaches, visit www.beaches.ie.
Receiving water quality
Receiving water is a stream, river, lake, sea or other surface or groundwater source into which treated or untreated wastewater is discharged.
To report a wastewater treatment plant issue or emergency, call our customer care helpline on 1800 278 278. Our lines are open 24/7.