Irish Water has today published its Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan Issues Paper for public consultation. This follows the publication of the Government’s National Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Strategy last Tuesday and is designed to support that Government policy.

As part of the Strategy, Irish Water, as the national public water utility, is drafting the Irish Water Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan, in collaboration with the EPA and the HSE, and subject to regulatory approval. This Mitigation Plan will be subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and an Appropriate Assessment (AA) and the required public consultations.

The Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan Issues Paper published today has been prepared to enable an initial, non-statutory, public consultation on the issues around compliance with the lead limit in drinking water, the need to protect public health and the issues associated with the measures to be considered. Once this phase is complete Irish Water will then prepare the Draft Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan which will be subject to a statutory public consultation phase.

Commenting on today's publication Jerry Grant, Head of Asset Management, Irish Water said; “We have now published our Mitigation Plan Issues Paper, which is effectively the first step in the consultation process. A key objective of the document is to give people a chance to be part of the development of a plan to tackle lead pipes and reduce the intake of lead through drinking water. We are encouraging people to review the document and to give us their views on our approach. ”

“While the consultation is proceeding Irish Water will continue with a range of initiatives including the provision of information on lead to the widest possible group of stakeholders and customers. We will also continue to expand our sampling programme so that we can improve our knowledge of the lead risk and in addition we intend carrying out research on various aspects of the lead pipe issue including trials of chemical lining systems and the use of orthophosphate as corrosion treatment,” Mr Grant concluded.

The plan can be viewed at Irish Water Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation plan – Issues Paper and people can respond to the consultation by emailing

or by posting to:
Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan – Issues Paper,
PO Box 860,
South City Delivery Office,
Cork City.

The closing date for receiving responses is 15th July 2015.

To view further information on Public Water Supplies and Lead in Drinking Water visit our Lead information page.

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