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Economic Analysis of Water Use (2004)

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Economic Analysis of Water Use (2004)

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This report was produced by Camp Dresser and McKee (Ireland) Ltd (CDM) and a team of associates for the Department of Environment, Heritage, and Local Government (DEHLG), acting on behalf of the relevant local authorities, in fulfilment of a brief to conduct an economic analysis of water use for the Republic of Ireland.

This analysis of water use forms part of an initial characterisation report required by the Water Framework Directive (WFD) that is being prepared by the relevant local authorities in relation to each River Basin District (RBD) and overseen at the national level by the DEHLG and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose of this report is to make use of currently available information to provide an initial overview of the current and projected future economic benefits and costs associated with the utilisation of water resources in Ireland.

The Project commenced on 29th April 2004 and was completed on 22nd October 2004. It is intended that this report will provide the foundation for the economic component of the summary national characterisation report due to be presented to the commission of the European Union (EU) by the EPA by 22nd March 2005, under Article V of the WFD. It is also intended that each RBD will use the relevant sections of this report to fulfil the economic analysis requirements associated with RBD-level characterisation reporting. To facilitate this process, economic characteristics of Ireland’s RBDs are collectively and comparatively discussed in Section 3.2, and individual economic profiles for each RBD are attached in Appendix B. Where international RBDs are mentioned, it is the portion of that district which falls in the Republic of Ireland to which this report refers.

This analysis does not purport to be a complete and final statement of the economic role of water resources in Ireland. In common with the entire WFD characterisation process, it is an attempt to collate readily available data upon which the best analysis possible at this early stage of WFD implementation can be conducted.

Findings in this study are reported for the Republic of Ireland as a whole and for each of its RBDs in four general categories:

  • water use benefits
  • water services costs and costs recovery
  • environmental/resource costs
  • projections of demand, supply, and costs of water services

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