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25/05/2018

Irish Government publishes water services policy statement

Words: Roger Milne
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The Irish Government has launched a water services policy statement that is designed to give a clear direction to strategic planning and decision-making on water and wastewater services in Ireland.

The water statement is aligned to commitments in the National Planning Framework, which anticipates a population increase of one million people, the creation of 660,000 net new jobs by 2040 and a more balanced growth between the regions.

Ministers have insisted that “secure, resilient, high-quality water supplies and appropriate levels of wastewater treatment are vital for protecting public health, enabling social development such as new housing infrastructure and protecting our environment”.

“They will also support economic development, including water-intensive industries such as agri-food and bio-pharma that sustain about 400,000 jobs in Ireland.”

The statement highlighted that the government’s policy on an accelerated supply of new housing required an associated investment in water infrastructure and the provision of water services.

Planning minister Eoghan Murphy said the combination of the latest investment plans and the policy statement would “help ensure Ireland has secure, resilient, high-quality water supplies and appropriate levels of wastewater treatment.

“These outcomes are vital for protecting public health, enabling social development such as new housing infrastructure and protecting our environment. They will also support economic development, including water-intensive industries such as agri-food and bio-pharma that sustain about 400,000 jobs in Ireland.”

The water policy statement will remain in place until 2025. It will be reviewed in 2022.

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