CRU Water Services Innovation Fund

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) Water Services Innovation Fund is an exciting development enabling Irish Water to invest in innovative projects designed to deliver benefits for customers.

The Innovation Fund explained

As part of the revenue review process Irish Water's regulator, the CRU, created the Water Services Innovation Fund. The fund allows Irish Water to invest funding in innovative projects in order to explore novel technologies and operating arrangements designed to deliver benefits for customers.

The Innovation Fund explained

Investing in innovative projects

Improved operating arrangements

Exploring and researching novel technologies

Project objectives

These innovative projects must be designed to further at least one of the following objectives:

  • Provision of safe, secure, and reliable water services
  • Increased understanding of customer behaviours and their drivers and effective customer engagement 
  • Enhanced energy savings in the provision of water services
  • Achievement of relevant environmental standards and the objectives of the Water Framework Directive
  • Mitigation of negative climate change impacts
  • Provision of water services in an economic and efficient manner
  • Improved conservation of water resources

Our vision

We value water as a precious, natural resource on which the quality of life depends. Through responsible stewardship, efficient management and strong partnerships, we strive to have a world class water infrastructure that ensures secure and sustainable water services, essential for our health, our communities, the economy and the environment.

Our vision is underpinned by the Government’s Water Services Policy Statement. This sets out key principles and policy objectives across the key thematic areas of quality, conservation and future-proofing between now and 2025.

Our vision

Water Services Innovation Fund projects

Complete

Investigate technologies appropriate to the metering of multi-unit developments or ‘MUDs’ (such as apartment blocks).

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Complete

Promote sustainable household water consumption by building an evidence base for future water conservation programmes.

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Complete - final report in preparation

Identify the catchments in Ireland most sensitive to climate change from a water resources/drought perspective by developing & applying an innovative assessment methodology.

Ongoing - project completion date Q2 2020

effluent (food & drink, waste & pharmachem sectors) & to identify markers that Irish Water can use to monitor its network for trade effluent from these industries.

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Investigate technologies appropriate to the metering of multi-unit developments or ‘MUDs’ (such as apartment blocks).

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