Uisce Éireann delivers on commitments to support housing delivery

20 February 2023

Uisce Éireann is committed to playing its part in the national drive to provide homes to people who need them by developing and prioritising the delivery of key water service infrastructure.

Last year was another good year for the delivery of water infrastructure to support housing and economic growth, with 36,989 housing connections offered during the year (up 4,500 on the number offered in 2021).

In addition to this, we have issued positive responses to over 3,190 pre-connection enquiries associated with 116,647 housing units. Of those positive responses issued, 92% were within 16 weeks. 

In terms of supporting planning applications, Uisce Éireann has completed 14,265 assessments of planning referrals associated with 103,019 housing units.

Yvonne Harris, Uisce Éireann’s Housing for All Programme Director, said: “We recognise that Uisce Éireann has a key role to play in helping communities around Ireland to thrive by supporting the delivery of housing, in line with the Government’s Housing For All policy. We have increased our capability to support connection applications/offers and onsite quality checks, and this is highlighted in the figures for 2022 which show an unprecedented level of connection activity.

“Uisce Éireann is working to build effective partnerships to meet the housing supply challenge and we are here to listen to our stakeholders and take action. We are proactively making this happen by hosting, presenting, or attending relevant conferences and events relating to housing to support our key stakeholders. We will continue to work in partnership with all those who are committed to the goal of providing homes, to ensure Uisce Éireann can deliver water infrastructure where and when it’s needed.

As an example of its commitment to supporting growth and development through the provision of new water and wastewater services, Uisce Éireann recently commenced the final phase of expansion works to upgrade and improve the water and wastewater infrastructure in Ballyvolane, Co Cork. This represents an investment of approximately €9 million in the community. Details of this project can be found here.