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Municipal and Industrial Regulated Activities (2008)

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Municipal and Industrial Regulated Activities (2008)

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Point source discharges refer to discharges from urban waste water treatment plants, licensed discharges to surface waters regulated by the EPA, and licensed discharges regulated by Water Services Authorities. Combined storm overflows (CSOs) are not included in the scope of the study. CSOs in urban areas are being further assessed in a study of Urban Pressures being undertaken by the Eastern River Basin District (ERBD).

The Terms of Reference identified the following tasks.

  • Task 1 Data review, data gaps and additional data
  • Task 2 Report on measurement equipment at urban waste water treatment plants
  • Task 3 Characteristics of urban waste water
  • Task 4 Population growth projections
  • Task 5 Revised point source discharges risk assessment
  • Task 6 Prioritisation of measures
  • Task 7 Development of SIMCAT model for SWRBD



Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.