Regional Water Resources Plan

What is the Regional Water Resources Plan?

Following the adoption of the National Water Resource Plan (NWRP) Framework Plan in the summer of 2021 we are now moving to phase 2 of the NWRP. This phase involves publishing four Regional Water Resources Plans for public consultation.

These plans are based on the methodology adopted in the Framework Plan and applying that methodology to the Regional Group Areas of Water Supplies that make up our national public water supply.

The four regions are:

  • Regional Water Resources Plan: North West (RWRP-NW)
  • Regional Water Resources Plan: South West (RWRP-SW)
  • Regional Water Resources Plan: South East (RWRP-SE)
  • Regional Water Resources Plan: Eastern and Midlands (RWRP-EM)

Once adopted, thefour Regional Water Resources Plans that along with our Framework Plan, comprise Ireland’s first NWRP.

Each Regional Water Resources Plan will:

  • Apply the Framework Methodology to the Regional Group Areas of Water Supplies
  • Develop regional solutions for all water supplies within these group areas.

The regional solutions will be combined and prioritised collectively on adoption of all four RWRPs at a national level.

Each of the four draft RWRPs and associated environmental reports will have their own public consultation phases.

The first to be developed is the Regional Water Resources Plan: Eastern and Midlands (RWRP-EM) The public consultation for the RWRP-EM is running from 14 December 2021 to 14 March 2022.