Our plan

34 locations throughout Ireland currently do not have sewage treatment in place. As a result, raw sewage is being discharged directly into our rivers, lakes and seas in these areas.

Irish water is committed to ending the unacceptable practice by constructing Wastewater Treatment Plants and network infrastructure to ensure that wastewater is adequately treated and meets appropriate standards before being safely discharged into the marine environment.

Our plan


When complete, this programme of works will:

  • Improve water quality in our rivers, lakes and seas
  • Benefit local communities, swimmers, surfers and tourism
  • Safeguard human and environmental health
  • Protect our marine life
  • Ensure compliance with European regulatory standards

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Associated Campaigns

The works undertaken as part of this programme is embedded in Irish Water’s supports of Clean Coasts Think Before You Flush and Think Before You Pour campaigns.

These public awareness programmes raise awareness about the problems that sanitary products, cotton wipes, Fats, Oils and Grease and other items can cause to our marine environment, wildlife and our wastewater systems if they are flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink.

Think Before You Flush

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Think Before You Pour

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