Irish Water adopt the Framework Plan for the National Water Resources Plan

Irish Water has adopted the Framework Plan for the National Water Resources Plan (NWRP) which will safeguard public health, support growth and meet the challenges of climate change over the next 25 years.

An Fóram Uisce welcomes the NWRP, Ireland’s first 25-year strategic plan enabling a move towards safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable public water supplies for all of customers and communities, whilst safeguarding public health and the environment.

Following on from a statutory public consultation on Phase 1 of the NWRP, the draft Framework Plan and associated environmental reports, the submissions and observations received from public consultation were taken into consideration, and the Framework Plan updated.

The Framework Plan accompanied by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Statement and an Appropriate Assessment Determination has now been adopted. A consultation report summarising feedback received during the public consultation has also been published. The NWRP Framework Plan and all associated reports can be viewed and downloaded at

Irish Water have adopted a Three Pillar approach of ‘Use Less’, ‘Lose Less’ and ‘Supply Smarter’ in order to consider the broadest possible range of solutions through the development of the NWRP.

Irish Water thank everyone who made a submission to this consultation process.

The consultation report is available at:

3.-NWRP_Phase-1_Consultation-Two-Report_F01_final.pdf (


Phase 2 of the NWRP comprises the development of four Regional Water Resources Plans (RWRPs);

Regional Water Resources Plan: Eastern & Midlands

Regional Water Resources Plan: North West

Regional Water Resources Plan: South West

Regional Water Resources Plan: South East

Each regional plan will be consulted in the same way, comprising both non-statutory screening and scoping consultation with environmental authorities, followed by statutory public consultation, during 2021 and 2022. The Eastern & Midlands plan is expected in Q3 2021.

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