Why Value Water
Water is one of our most valuable resources. It has shaped our landscape, dictated the location of our cities, protected our health and fuelled our economic development. While water covers 71% of the planet, in reality only 1% is available to us as drinking water. Although there is enough annual rainfall in Ireland, we are limited in how much water we can take from the environment. This, coupled with a growing population, climate change, leakage and an ageing infrastructure, means pressure on this precious resource is growing.
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.
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.
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.