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Draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050

The draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 (WSSP 2050) sets out our objectives and the means by which we aim to achieve them in the context of the significant challenges we are likely to face over the next 25 years.

Uisce Éireann, as Ireland's national public water services provider, supplies 1.7 billion litres of drinking water to our customers every day and collects and treats more than 1.2 billion litres of wastewater before we safely return it to the environment.

Providing safe, secure and sustainable water services is vital for our society, supporting public health, supporting the delivery of housing and jobs and protecting our environment and precious water resources.

The draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050

This draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 presents our strategic objectives to 2050, aligned to our vision. It also outlines the steps we will take to work towards these objectives in the short, medium and longer term. For more information, view the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 Consultation information leaflet.

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What to expect. 

The draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 is one of a suite of plans and policy documents guiding the delivery of water and wastewater services in Ireland. The Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 sets the overarching framework for subsequent more detailed implementation plans including for example the National Water Resources Plan (NWRP).

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Have your say

We are now looking for your input to the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050, and the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Natura Impact Statement. The consultation is running for eight weeks from 21 May to 16 July 2024.  As well as gathering feedback related to the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 and associated environmental reports the results of this public consultation will provide an insight into attitudes towards public water and wastewater services and the challenges we face now and into the future.

What are we consulting on now?

In the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 we present the challenges we face in delivering water services to 2050. We outline actions to respond to these challenges including how our approach to long term planning has changed to address new and emerging trends in an uncertain future. This public consultation presents a unique opportunity for you to engage with Uisce Éireann in the development of our 25-year strategy for the delivery of water services in Ireland. The purpose of this consultation is to meaningfully engage with all our stakeholders, particularly those with an interest in water and wastewater services, to better inform the content of the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050. We also want to gather views on our strategic objectives, aims, actions, and challenges for delivering the Plan.

What's included in the Water Services Strategic Plan 2050?

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We have identified 4 strategic objectives in the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 to address the key challenges facing our organisation and the services we are delivering up to 2050.

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Accompanying the 4 strategic objectives are 14 strategic aims that will help us to address our most critical investment needs, respond to emerging policy requirements and capitalise on new opportunities to transform our infrastructure.

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In accordance with Section 33(4) of the Water Services (No. 2) Act, 2013, we have set out the means by which we propose to achieve our strategic objectives. These are presented as 35 key actions.

How to Engage

This public consultation on the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 is your opportunity to share your views, insights and thoughts on our 25 year plan.

We are now looking for your insights to the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Natura Impact Statement through this public consultation, running from 21 May to 16  July 2024. As well as gathering feedback related to the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 and associated environmental reports, the results of this public consultation will  provide an insight into attitudes towards the strategic objectives, aims, actions, and challenges for delivering the Plan.

Stakeholders can avail of two options to assist them in making a submission and are welcome to complete one or both options.  However, these are just an aide and all relevant submissions received in response to the consultation will be considered. At the beginning of the consultation period, we held two public webinars to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050. Please see a recording of the webinar below to give you an overview of the draft plan.

We look forward to collaborating with you on this important strategic plan which will shape the delivery of our water services for generations to come.

Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 Webinar

Draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 Video

Contact us

Email: wssp@water.ie 

Post: Water Services Strategic Plan, Uisce Éireann, P.O. Box 13216, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

Freephone: 1800 46 36 76

Next steps

Following the conclusion of this consultation, Uisce Éireann will review and consider feedback received from all stakeholders. The submissions and observations received from public consultation will be taken into consideration, and the draft Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 updated and issued for Ministerial approval.

Following Ministerial Approval the final Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 will be adopted in early 2025 alongside the Strategic Environmental Assessment Statement and AA Determination. The Strategic Environmental Assessment statement will outline the issues raised and demonstrate the amendments that were made to the Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 as a result of the consultation.

The Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 will undergo regular reviews, every five years, to ensure its continued relevance. These reviews will allow us to adapt to changing circumstances and evolving needs.

Updates to the Water Services Strategic Plan 2050 will be informed by changes in legislation related to water services and better information, especially on asset performance, demographics, and climate change.