Draft Regional Water Resources Plan - South West

Draft Regional Water Resources Plan – South West

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The development of the Regional Water Resources Plan South West (RWRP-SW) will allow Irish Water for the first time to review water supply needs collectively for the entire South West 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-SW Irish Water will review needs across 174 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-SW includes: 

  • Reducing the number of Water Resource Zones in the South West Region from 174 to 92. 
  • Development of larger interconnected Water Resource Zones for the urban areas in the region. 
  • Upgrading 137 existing water treatment plants to reduce water quality risks across all WRZs.
  • Interconnecting supplies via 644 kilometres of trunk mains. 
  • Development of 17 new water treatment plants. 
  • Eventual decommissioning 90 water treatment plants. 

Reducing leakage to 23% of regional demand through pressure management, active leakage control, and targeted asset replacement. 

The outcomes and benefits of this Regional Preferred Approach include: 

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

South West Region

The Region covers approximately 13,000 square kilometres (representing about 20% of the Republic of Ireland) and extends from the southern tip of the country from the Iveragh Peninsula in the south west of County Kerry, north to the Shannon Estuary, and south east passing through county Cork into county Waterford to the Celtic Sea at Youghal. The region is supported by a strong network of key towns that provide secure employment and economic growth potential. Irish Water supplies around 316 million litres of water per day to a population of 594,400 people and 45,000 businesses in the South West region. This represents more than 18% of Irish Waters total supply nationally.

Draft Regional Water Resources Plan: South West Publications

Draft Regional Water Resources Plan - South West

Note: Note: Two information files from the draft RWRP-SW 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 South West 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.

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 South West are sourced from Ordnance Survey Ireland.

Regional planning areas

Study Area Technical Reports

To deliver the draft RWRP-SW, 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-SW document. The South West Region comprises three Study Areas as shown in the following image.

How can I get involved?

Irish Water are now seeking feedback through public consultation on the draft RWRP-South West and associated SEA Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement. 

An 12-week consultation will run from 1 June 2022 to 24 August 2022 during which time the draft RWRP South West and associated environmental reports can be viewed and downloaded from the website and at your local authority’s planning office during their normal opening hours. Information on the consultation can be viewed on the RWRP-SW consultation leaflet. This is your opportunity to feed into the process of how Irish Water identifies the issues in the region and determine what the opportunities are to provide a more resilient water supply in your area. Irish Water is also seeking your feedback on how it will develop options to address any problems identified, before applying them to specific areas. 

Have your say

Any member of the public wishing to make a submission can do so by email or post as follows: by 24 August 2022

Email: nwrp@water.ie

Post: National Water Resources Plan, Irish Water, P.O. Box 13216, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

Freephone: 1800 46 36 76

A dedicated helpline is available for anyone who would like to discuss any aspect of the consultation prior to making a submission. 

All submissions will be taken into consideration and responses to the issues raised will be summarised in a Consultation Report which will be published in 2022. 

Submissions will not be responded to individually, but each will be listed in the consultation report. Individual submissions will be reported anonymously and feedback from organisations will be attributed to them. 

Feedback received outside the scope of the draft RWRP-SW and the associated environmental reports will not be considered as part of this public consultation process and will not be reported on. Any feedback in relation to in flight Irish Water projects, or in reference to any other area of the Irish Water business should be sent directly to those project teams’, unless applicable to how they are included in the RWRP-SW. Irish Water project contact details can be found here

In line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) effective from 25 May 2018, Irish Water’s updated Privacy Notice, is available to view online here

Find your local authority’s planning office

Hard copies of the draft RWRP-SW and associated documents are available to view at Local Authority Planning offices by appointment. To find your nearest Local Authority’s planning office, please use the download link.

Consultation Questions

In order to help members of the public or organisations in making a submission, and to ensure clarity on the scope of what we would like consultees to consider in their feedback, Irish Water is inviting submissions on the following questions. However, this is just an aide and all submissions received in response to the consultation will be considered.   

  1. Within the South West Region we consider 174 water supplies (Water Resource Zones) represented across 3 Study Areas. Do you have any comments on the Study Areas?   
  2. In Section 2 of the draft RWRP-SW we set out information on the current situation in the Region in respect of the population growth and economic development and how we considered this in our water resource planning approach. Do you have any comments on this?   
  3. Section 3 of the draft RWRP-SW and each of the Study Area Technical Reports (Appendices 1-3) outline the Need in terms of water quality, quantity, sustainability and resilience across the region and in each of the Study Areas. Do you have any comment on the Need (Deficit)? 
  4. Section 4 and Section 7 of the draft RWRP-SW, and the Study Area Technical Reports (Appendices 1-3), set out solutions we can undertake to address some of these Needs in the interim, while we develop the Preferred Approaches. Do you have you any comments on this?  
  5. Section 6 and the Study Area Technical Reports (Appendices 1-3) of the draft RWRP-SW summarise our process for developing options to address the Needs in the SW Region. Do you have any comments on this process?  
  6. Section 7 sets out how we identify our Preferred Approach to addressing the Need at WRZ and Study Area level. The Study Area Technical Reports (Appendices 1-3) and the Study Area Environmental Reviews will set out how the Preferred Approach has been identified in more detail. Have you any feedback on this?  
  7. The draft RWRP-SW looks at a range of solutions to meet the need in a WRZ or Study Area. These solutions are not limited by distance, therefore some solutions for the WRZ or Study Area will involve interconnections across multiple supply systems. Have you any comments on the Regional Preferred Approach?  
  8.  Do you have any comments on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) which accompany the draft RWRP-SW? 
  9. We have produced a RWRP Consultation Roadmap. Do you have any comments on this?  
  10. How would you like Irish Water to communicate with you as the RWRPs progress?  

Engagement

Irish Water is committed to continuously engaging with stakeholders and we encourage feedback as we work through the development of the RWRP South West. 

If you would like to be part of an online public webinar on the draft RWRP South West plan and associated environmental reports, and for Irish Water representatives to answer any questions you may have that will assist you in making your submission, please provide an expression of interest here.

Webinars will be facilitated in June 2022. 

Next Steps

  1. Once the public consultation period has concluded, all feedback received during public consultation will be reviewed by the National Water Resource Plan team and all relevant feedback will be incorporated into the Post Consultation Report and, where appropriate, incorporated into the final Regional Water Resources Plan South West. 
  2. The remaining Regional Water Resource Plans North West and South East, will be consulted on in the same way, comprising both screening and scoping consultation with environmental authorities, followed by public consultations in 2022. 
  3. 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, they will be treated as a unified single plan. 

RWRP South West Public Consultation Roadmap

Regional Water Resources Plan South West video