Draft Regional Water Resources Plan - Eastern and Midlands

Draft Regional Water Resources Plan – Eastern and Midlands

The development of the RWRP EM will allow Irish Water for the first time to review water supply needs collectively for the entire Eastern and Midlands Region and across the spectrum of risk including quality, quantity, reliability and sustainability. It allows us to consider local options to resolve these needs and larger Regional Options that can address needs across multiple supplies.

As part of the draft RWRP EM Irish Water will review needs across 134 water supplies and identify options to address these needs. The plan will allow us to consider local options that can resolve needs within individual supplies and regional options that can address needs across multiple supplies. The outcome of the draft RWRP EM includes:

  • Reducing the number of Water Resource Zones in the Eastern and Midlands Region from 134 to 93.
  • Development of larger interconnected Water Resource Zones  for the urban areas in the region.
  • Upgrades to 136 existing water treatment plants, in terms of size and barrier performance.
  • Development of four new water treatment plants.
  • Decommissioning 66 water treatment plants.
  • Interconnecting 50 supplies via 860 kilometres of trunk mains.

Reducing leakage from the 2019 baseline of 38% of regional demand to 22% of regional demand. This represents a 45% reduction in leakage from 2019 to 2034. This is achieved through, pressure management, active leakage control, find and fix and asset replacement.

The outcomes and benefits of this Regional Preferred Approach include:

  • Improved performance across all of the water supplies in terms of quality and quantity.
  • Strategic transformation from the existing fragmented supply to a more resilient and sustainable interconnected supply.

Eastern and Midlands Region

The Region covers approximately 20,900 square kilometres extending from the Shannon Estuary in the south west, towards the large River Boyne catchment and Greater Dublin Area (GDA) in the north east. It is the primary economic region of Ireland containing Dublin (the capital city ) and Limerick City which provides more than 1 million jobs. The National Planning Framework (NPF), which underpins population growth that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable, has identified. Drogheda and Athlone as two Regional Centres in the Eastern and Midlands Region. They are supported by a strong network of key towns and provide secure employment and economic growth potential In the Eastern and Midlands region Irish Water supplies around 887 million litres of water per day to a population of 2.48 million people and 76,000 businesses. This represents more than 50% of Irish Waters total supply nationally.

Find your townland

A list of the cities, towns, villages, and townlands covered by this Regional plan is available in the links below. The information provided in the townlands, towns and settlement lists that are included in the Regional Water Resources Plan Eastern and Midlands are sourced from Ordnance Survey Ireland.

Regional planning areas

Study Area Technical Reports

To deliver the draft RWRP-EM, we subdivided the region into smaller units to enable us to manage the process of identifying potential water supply solutions (options) and the selection of our Preferred Approaches to resolve our water supply and water quality deficits. These smaller units are referred to as Study Areas.

A detailed Technical Report is provided for each Study Area describing the solution types at Study Area level and providing a summary of the detailed Option and Approach Development process and resulting outcomes for each Study Area.

The Study Area technical reports are provided as appendices to the draft RWRP-EM document.  

The Eastern and Midlands Region comprises nine Study Areas as shown in the image below.

The Eastern and Midlands Region comprises nine Study Areas as shown in the image.

The draft RWRP - Eastern and Midlands consultation has now ended

The sixteen-week statutory consultation on the RWRP - Eastern and Midlands has now closed. Irish Water are no longer seeking feedback through public consultation on the draft RWRP: Eastern and Midlands and associated SEA Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement.  

Irish Water are now progressing with the second Regional Water Resources Plan - South West and will be inviting all customers and stakeholders for feedback on the draft Regional Water Resources Plan - South West and associated SEA Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) during a 12 week statutory consultation running from May 2022 to August 2022.  

Next Steps 

All feedback received from the RWRP: Eastern and Midlands will be reviewed in a post-consultation submissions workshop with the NWRP technical team and relevant feedback incorporated into the final RWRP - Eastern and Midlands  and associated SEA Statement and Appropriate Assessment Determination. How feedback from the consultation has influenced the final RWRP - Eastern and Midlands will also be detailed in the consultation report and SEA Statement and AA Determination. Submissions from individuals will be reported anonymously and feedback from organisations will be attributed to them. Individual submissions will not be individually responded to but will be responded to in the consultation report.  

The submissions and observations received from the public consultation outlined above will be taken into consideration before adopting all four RWRPs. Once the complete NWRP has been finalised, compromising the Framework Plan and the four Regional Water Resources Plans and together they will be treated as a unified single plan. 

Regional Water Resources Plan - Eastern and Midlands webinar recording

Questions and Answers from Public Webinars – East and Midlands

View Questions and Answers from Public Webinars

RWRP Eastern and Midlands Public Consultation Roadmap

Draft Regional Water Resources Plan - Eastern and Midlands Publications

Draft Regional Water Resources Plan - Eastern and Midlands

Note: Two information files from the draft RWRP-EM have also been extracted from the documents for use by the EPA during the consultation process.

  1. “WTP Overview” which shows the consolidated Water Treatment Plant data for the region. A link to this has been provided on the website.
  2. “Proposed new and increased abstractions  data for the Eastern Midlands Region”, which shows the consolidated Abstraction data for the region. In accordance with Article 8 2(a)(iii) Directive (EU) 2020/2184, the recast Drinking Water Directive which states that “geo-references for all abstraction points in the catchment areas; given that those data are potentially sensitive, in particular in the context of public health and public security, the Member States shall ensure that such data are protected and communicated only to the relevant authorities and water supplies”, this information will not be published.

Regional Water Resources Plan Eastern and Midlands video