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LA Waters Programme: events for World Water Day – 22 March 2023

This World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. And because water affects us all, we need everyone to take action. You can join one of the events being organised by the LA Waters Programme listed below or contact your Community Water Officer for more information.

Access to healthy and clean water is vital for our health and well-being. Each one of us can make a difference in how we use water in our daily lives. You can also get involved in community-led projects and events focussed on enhancing water quality in local rivers and lakes. If you want to get involved and take action for water, your Community Water Officer can help. You can find their contact details here: Communities Team – Local Authority Water Programme (

LAWPRO’s Community Water Officers are working with communities to deliver a number of events across Ireland for this World Water Day and some highlights are listed below.

Name of event  Description  Region County LocationWaterbodyCommunity Water Officer
Harbour to HeadwatersBiodiversity in the Avoca-Avonmore River CatchmentEast & MidlandsWicklow Avoca-Avonmore River CatchmentDónal O’Keeffe
Oriel River Catchments & Coastal Association’s Spring SessionsThe Oriel River Catchments & Coastal Association (ORRCA) are hosting a number of talks and presentations throughout the spring period. To celebrate World Water Day and National Water Quality Week, ORCCA are inviting the public for a joint talk and presentation by LAWPRO & ASSAP on work delivered in Priority Areas for Action and how agricultural issues are being tackled in our catchments. This event will take place on Tuesday 21st March @ 7.30pm. BorderLouthSpirit Store, Dundalk, Co. LouthCastletown EstuaryBen Malone
Celebrate the Rivers and Streams of Cork CityThis special workshop dedicated to the rivers and stream of Cork City. This event will take place on World Water Day, the 22nd of March 2023 at the Old Cork Waterworks Experience From 10am to 12:30pm (refreshments served from 9:30am). It will include talks from local champions and a workshop. Jointly organised by City Council and LAWPRO.South WestCorkOld Waterworks ExperienceLeeCatherine Seale-Duggan
Booklet highlighting the issues surrounding water quality in the Mayo areaMidwest Radio will be broadcasting from the Lough Carra Group Water Scheme catchment from 9 am – 11 am, with the launch of the NFGWS Integrated Source Protection Pilot Project Report. WestMayoLough CarraLough Carra & waters in generalTom Carolan
Using eDNA as a support tool for community based river restoration on the Lwr R. ShannonAn illustrated talk by Ruairí Ó Conchuir, Pat O’ Connor and  John Hardinam followed by site visit – Castleoaks Hotel, Castleconnel Co. Limerick, Wednesday, 22nd March @ 7.00pm. South WestLimerickCastleconnellLower ShannonRuairí Ó Conchúír
An Evening by the Inagh RiverA river walk with Ruairí Ó Conchuir exploring the biodiverity of the Inagh River followed by an illustrated talk in Falls Hotel, Ennistymon Co. Clare, Tuessday, 21st March @ 7.00pm. South WestClareEnnistymonInagh CatchmentRuairí Ó Conchúír
World Water Day with SDCCClass visit discussing water quality, new local wetland by SDCC and carrying out CSSI analysis of local river Kick sample East & MidlandsDubinLucanLiffey, Griffeen RiverDónal O’Keeffe
LA Waters World Water Day Events 2023

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.