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EPA Water Conference, Wednesday & Thursday 14/15 June 2023, Galway

The EPA Water Conference will be held on 14 and 15 June 2023 in Salthill, Galway. This event will be both in-person and online, and you can register now. The programme will be announced over the coming weeks.

Speakers will share their knowledge on how to protect & improve water quality in Ireland and showcase case studies from around Ireland. You will learn about the state of Ireland’s waters, European and national policy, the development of plans and work at national, regional and local scale. There will be opportunities to meet, take part in polls and ask questions.

Talks will be added to YouTube after the event. We look forward to welcoming you to #EPAWater2023  

Register to attend

Ticket TypeCost
In-person (NGO)€135
Conference Dinner€30
EPA Water Conference 2023 Attendance Fees

Book your place now:

Attendance online at this event is free, but you will need to register.

You can book via credit card or enter a PO for invoice payment. You may register to pay via invoice up until 26 May 2023.

All payments must be made in full prior to the conference.

Please do not use EPA bank account details for payments – if paying by PO payment should be to the conference organisers bank account only. Full details are available during the registration process.

Book here:

Hotel rooms: A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a reduced rate; please note there are a maximum of two rooms available per organisation.


If you have any queries, please email

EPA Water 2022 – watch now

Talks from our 2022 Water Conference are available on YouTube:

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.