Organisation Contacts

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment  is responsible for:

  • Promoting the protection and improvement of the quality of water in the environment e.g. rivers, lakes, groundwater.
  • Managing the Water Services Investment Programme contained in the National Development Plan
  • Managing policy development in the Water Services Sector, including legislation and water services pricing policy
  • Water advisers
  • National Drinking Water Monitoring Programme.
  • Drafting regulations to amend and consolidate the Nitrates Regulations and the Shellfish Waters Directive.
  • Developing and implementing Government policy of water and sewerage services.
  • Article 5 Characterisation Report for the Irish River Basin Districts
Head Office

        29-31 Adelaide Road


        D02 X285

Tel +353 1 678 2000 
LoCall 1890 44 99 00 

Full contact details:



Under the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) remit is:


  • Implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Ireland .   The EPA reports to the European Commission, develops classification systems, sets standards and devises monitoring programmes.
  • Ongoing assessment of river, lake and groundwater quality and trends.
  • Regular surveys of the water quality of estuaries and near shore coastal waters.
  • Accessing the water quality at designated bathing areas.
  • Operating a national hydrometric programme.
  • A national programme for the collection, analysis and distribution of drinking water quality data.
  • Producing regular reports on   Water Quality in Ireland .
  • Coordinating environmental research on water quality.

EPA Headquarters
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Co. Wexford
Tel: 053-9160600
Email: info@epa.ie
Lo Call: 1890 335599
Opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Reception hours: 9.00am to 5.30pm


Local Administration: 

  • Along with the EPA, carry out additional groundwater/bathing waters monitoring.
  • Help prepare Article 5 Characterisation Report for the Irish River Basin Districts
  • Co-operate in the national programme for the collection, analysis and distribution of surface water quanity data.
  • They primarily have responsibility for water management and protection (Water Pollution Acts)
  • Help in implementing the Water Framework Directive
  • Inspect under the National Nitrates Action Programme
  • Help enforce the Rural Water programme
  • Implement Sludge management plans
  • Regulate water charges
  • Protect rivers and lakes
Contact information for your local authority is on the local administration page.
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is an EU environmental legislation aimed at improving our water environment. Member States must aim to achieve good status in all waters by 2015. It requires the production of River Basin Management Plans for all major river catchments in the country.

The directive is broken up into River Basin District projects.


The Marine Institute is responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). They assess the economic potential of Ireland's marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry and safeguard our marine environment.

80 Harcourt Street,
Dublin 2.
Tel (01) 4766500
Fax (01) 4784988


The Heritage Council's role is to propose policies for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage. National heritage includes inland waterways. The council has particular responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in the national heritage. The Heritage Council,


Rothe House,
Parliament St,
Tel 056 777 0777
Fax 056 777 0788
Email mail@heritagecouncil.ie
FOI Contact Person: Liam Scott, FOI Email:  lscott@heritagecouncil.ie.


Geological Survey of Ireland is responsible for providing geological advice and information. The organisation produces a range of products including maps, reports and databases and acts as a knowledge centre of Irish geology.

Beggars Bush
Haddington Road
Dublin 4
Tel (01) 678 2000
Fax (01) 668 1782
LoCall 1890 449900

Lean Business Ireland aims to enhance environmental awareness.

Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park,
Dublin 3,
D03 E5R6

Tel: (01) 727 2000
Fax: (01) 727 2000 Email: lean@enterprise-ireland.com



Environmental Health Officers Association promotes the awareness of Environmental Health issues among the public particularly in the area of drinking water quality.

Heraghty House,
4 Carlton Terrace,
Novara Avenue,
Bray, Co Wicklow
Tel 01 2761211
Fax 01 2764665


The Central Fisheries Board has responsibility to advise on conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries and sea angling. They set up CFB's fish stock management programmes to restore fish populations in those fisheries which have been affected by pollution.

Central Fisheries Board,
Swords Business Campus,
Swords, Co. Dublin ,
Tele (01) 8842 600
Fax (01) 8360 060
Public office hours:
9.15 a.m - 13.00 pm
2.15 pm - 5.30 pm
Email info@cfb.ie

The Sustainable Water Network protects Ireland’s waters

and tries to ensure that the Water Framework Directive is implemented.It is responsible for increasing public awareness of the importance of good water quality for:

  • Public health,
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity,
  • Leisure & tourism,
  • Economic & environmental sustainability.

9 Upper Mount Street ,
Dublin 2,
Tele (01) 6425583
Fax (01) 6425583
Email info@swanireland.ie
Co-ordinator Sinead O' Brien


The Irish Water Safety Association is responsible for the promotion of water safety in Ireland .  It provides instruction in water safety, rescue, swimming and recovery drills. It is partially funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government every year and this is supplemented by funding raised locally by the area committees.


Irish Water Safety,


The Long Walk,
Galway .
Tel: 091 564400
LoCall 1890 42 02 02.
Fax: 091 564700.
Email: info@iws.ie,

The Greater Dublin Region consumes 110 million gallons of drinking water per day, so the Dublin City Council have provided a number of water saving resources.


Dublin City Development Board,
Dublin City Council,
Block 4, Floor 1,
Civic Offices,
Wood Quay,
Dublin 8.
Tel 01 222 2148
Fax 01 222 2162
Email doce@dublincity.ie

Water conservation tips


Dublin City - Conserve Water 

                    -  Water Conservation for Children




Irish Water

Callsave 1850 278 278

International +353 1 707 2828

Lines open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact through their online form for water service enquires.


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