Irish Water’s statutory public consultation on its draft Regional Water Resources Plan for the East and Midlands Region (RWRP-EM) will run until March 14.
The three-month public consultation started on December 14, 2021 and sets out options to provide a more secure, reliable and sustainable water supply to 2.5 million customers in the East and Midlands region over the next 25 years.
The plan calls for 3.3million liters of water taken from below the Parteen weir and piped to a new reservoir on the outskirts of Dublin via a 170km long pipeline and has met with opposition throughout its journey, but especially in Tipperary.
This public consultation is an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the process of Irish Water identifying water supply issues in the region and determining options for providing a more resilient water supply to customers, according to Irish Water.
The water utility has announced that public webinars will be held on February 2, 3, 7 and 8. These webinars will provide information on the draft East and Midlands Regional Water Resources Plan and allow questions to be asked to inform submissions.
If you would like to take part in a public online webinar on the draft East and Midlands Regional Water Resources Plan and associated environmental reporting, you can register your interest on their website at www.water. ie/rwrp/Easternmidlands
The Irish Water National Water Resources Plan will be the first resource plan for the whole of public water supply in Ireland. It is divided into four regions and the first regional plan to be drawn up is the draft regional plan for the East and Midlands region.
There are 201 water treatment plants in the East and Midlands region, which collectively serve 2.48 million people or 60% of the Irish population, via approximately 19,000 kilometers of distribution network and 134 service areas. water resources. These wastewater treatment plants also serve 76,000 businesses. The region itself covers approximately 20,900 square kilometers stretching from the Shannon Estuary in the south-west, to the greater River Boyne catchment and the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) in the north-east.
The draft plan outlines the East and Midland region and the current challenges facing now and in the future in terms of providing a safe, secure and resilient water supply.
Speaking about the public consultation on the draft plan, Angela Ryan, Water Resources Strategy Specialist for Irish Water, said: “Public consultation on the draft plan is ongoing. The development of the draft plan will for the first time allow Irish Water to collectively examine water supply needs across the East and Midlands region, covering a wide range of risks including quality, quantity , reliability and durability. This will allow us to consider local options to meet these needs and larger regional options that can meet multiple supplies.
“The draft regional plan will also deliver key benefits in terms of transforming our supplies, including the ability to respond to economic growth and development in a sustainable manner, better interconnection between our supplies to ensure balanced regional development and new sustainable water sources that are adaptable to climate change such as the new Shannon Spring which comes from Ireland’s largest catchment area.
“If people are interested in our plans for the East and Midlands region, they are invited to join one of our public webinars in February and find out more about our team,” Angela explained.
Irish Water is now seeking comments on the public consultation for the draft RWRP: EM and associated SEA Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement. Documents can be viewed on our website at www.water.ie/rwrp/easternmidlands