From cloud to glass

Water goes through a remarkable journey to reach us

Drinking, cooking, washing, bathing – we use water in so many ways. The water we use starts as raw water in rivers and lakes. It undergoes a complex treatment process, with seven stages that takes up to three days, so we can enjoy clean, safe drinking water every day. Each day 1.7 billion litres of water travels through a network that includes 63,000km of pipes to supply the nation with treated drinking water. 

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From cloud to glass

Reducing leaks in the water network


Much of our drinking water is lost through leaks before it ever reaches your tap. We're working to safeguard our water for the future by reducing the high levels of leakage.  Every day we lose about 43% of our treated water through leaks and they can be difficult to find because they happen in the vast and complex network of pipes below ground. Many of these pipes are now old and damaged and need to be repaired or replaced to improve our water quality and supply. 

Improving water conservation

Working together to ensure sustainable water services into the future

By wasting less, polluting less, reusing more, managing effectively, investing wisely and becoming more efficient in all uses of water – Ireland has the potential to become one of the most water resilient countries in the world. We are at the start of a long journey, and we’ll need you to work with us to ensure we have sustainable water services into the future.

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Improving water conservation
How wastewater is treated

How wastewater is treated

Wastewater discharged by homes, businesses, industry, agriculture, and storm water from our roads needs to be made safe to release back to the environment. It must undergo a complex treatment process, that can take up to two days, before it is safe to release back into our water system.

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