Eliminating raw sewage

Since 2014, we have built new wastewater infrastructure for 21 towns and villages across the country, ending the discharge of raw sewage into the environment. 65% of the raw sewage in Ireland has now been eliminated. We have a plan to remove the rest.

Irish Water is on track to eliminate the majority of raw sewage discharges by the end of 2025.

We are on track to eliminate the vast majority of raw sewage discharges by the end of 2025, with a total investment of over €750 million. This year, we currently have 14 locations  under construction across the country. There are plans for the rest, prioritising the areas where it can make the biggest impacts first.

Benefits

When the projects are complete it will bring many benefits to the local communities and tourists, with improved water quality in the rivers, lakes or sea. It will safeguard our health, benefit the local environment and protect marine life. It will also ensure compliance with European regulatory standards.

Eliminating Raw Sewage in Ireland

We are working on projects all across Ireland to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage. View our videos to find out more and how our projects benefit the local community.

Play Video: Eliminating Raw Sewage in Wexford

Eliminating Raw Sewage in Wexford

Eliminating Raw Sewage in Wexford

Play Video: Eliminating Raw Sewage in Bundoran

Eliminating Raw Sewage in Bundoran

Eliminating Raw Sewage in Bundoran

Play Video: Ending Raw Sewage Discharges

Ending Raw Sewage Discharges

Ending Raw Sewage Discharges

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.