After an examination of the Water Services in Ireland in 2011, the Government concluded that a new national water utility offered the best opportunity to:
- Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water services delivery
- Provide access to new funding sources
- Improve strategic planning and accountability.
Incorporated in July 2013, as a subsidiary of the Ervia Group (formerly Bord Gáis Éireann), Irish Water brings the water and wastewater services of the 31 Local Authorities (formerly 34) together under one national service provider.
Since the 1st January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for the operation of public water services including; management of national water assets; maintenance of the water system; investment and planning; managing capital projects and customer care and billing.