The NWRP is our plan to identify how we will provide a sustainable, secure and reliable water supply to our customers for now and into the future whilst safeguarding the environment.

The NWRP will set out how we can balance the amount of drinking water we can supply with the demand for water that is needed over the short, medium and long term.

The first round of public consultation on the NWRP SEA Scoping Report has closed. We have reviewed submissions and prepared a Consultation Report which will be published online in the coming months. Relevant feedback received from this consultation has been incorporated into the environmental reports and has been referred to when preparing the draft National Water Resources Plan.

How is the plan developed?

We have considered a wide range of areas in developing the NWRP:

  • Government policy in relation to water services
  • The availability of water resources at a national level (including lakes, rivers and groundwater) having regard to the Water Framework Directive
  • The current and future water demand from homes, businesses, farms and industry
  • Identifying areas where there are shortfalls in the amount of water we can supply to meet the demand for water (taking into account normal and extreme weather conditions)
  • Developing methods and options to meet these shortfalls in a resilient and environmentally sustainable way
  • Climate change assessment and how this will impact our water resources
  • Recommendations for managing our water resources during drought conditions
  • Managing residual waste from our Water Treatment Plants
  • Public consultation and stakeholder feedback

Public consultation will be a key element in ensuring members of the public and all interested parties have the chance to be part of the development of the NWRP.

The NWRP is subject to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as outlined in the European Union (EU) SEA Directive (2001/42/EC) and Appropriate Assessment (under the EU Habitats Directive). The associated environmental reports will be consulted on also. 


Environmental Assessment and Consultation

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) is being carried out in parallel with the development of the NWRP.

Members of the public, interested parties and environmental authorities are being invited to contribute to the development of the NWRP as part of the SEA and AA process through public consultation at keys stages, as outlined in the NWRP Consultation Roadmap.

Consultation 1

The first round of public consultation to inform the development of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA), the environmental reports that accompany the NWRP, took place from 9 November to 22 December 2017. For more information, view the Consultation Information Leaflet.

We asked for feedback on the SEA Scoping Report and invited comments and suggestions for consideration at this stage. 

A Consultation Report summarising the feedback received in the first round of consultation will be published in the coming months.

Consultation 2

A further eight-week statutory public consultation will seek feedback on the draft NWRP and associated SEA Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement (NIS). This will be published in winter 2018/2019.

All feedback received during the public consultations will be reviewed by the NWRP team and relevant feedback will be incorporated into the final NWRP.

The SEA Statement will outline how environmental considerations have been integrated into the NWRP and how consultation influenced the development of the NWRP. 

What are the next steps?

A Consultation Report summarising the feedback received in the first round of consultation will be published alongside the draft NWRP.

The final NWRP will be published in 2019 alongside the SEA Statement and second Consultation Report. After this, we will undertake a review and update of the NWRP every five years at least. 

We are committed to continuously engaging with stakeholders and we encourage feedback as we work through the development of the NWRP.

There will be further opportunities to have your say when we are updating the plan in the future. 


Contact us

We are committed to sharing information with stakeholders as the plan progresses. A dedicated information service has been set up where members of the public and interested parties can contact the team via the following channels:

  • Email:
  • Post: National Water Resources Plan, Irish Water, Colvill House, 24-26 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
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