Public consultation on future of regional water supply

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Irish Water has begun a three month public consultation on plans for the future of the water supply in Galway over the next 25 years.

The consultation covers the draft Regional Water Resource Plan – North West region, which includes Galway.

There are 142 Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) in the North West Region, which collectively serve 732,700 people or 18% of the population of Ireland.

The region itself covers approximately 26,912km², encompassing counties Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo and parts of Clare, Longford, Louth, Meath and Roscommon, along with eight offshore islands.

The public consultation on the draft plan for the north west region got underway this week, and will continue until February 21 of next year.

Mairéad Conlon, Regional Water Resources Strategy Lead for Irish Water said, “The development of a draft plan on how Irish Water will supply water across the North West region is an important step.”

“It will allow Irish Water to review water supply needs across the region and consider local options to resolve these needs.”

“The draft Regional Plan will offer key benefits in terms of transformation of our supplies, including the ability to cater for growth and economic development in a sustainable way,” she added.

This will be achieved through, “improved interconnectivity between our supplies to ensure balanced regional development and new sustainable water sources that are adaptable to climate change.”

Submissions on the draft plan can be made by email to, or by post to National Water Resources Plan, Irish Water, PO Box 13216, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

Irish Water will also be holding public webinars on the plan and public consultation during January and February next year.