Urban Waste Water

Urban waste water is domestic waste water (from residential settlements) or a mixture of domestic waste water with industrial waste water (from premises used for trade or industry) and/or run-off rain water.

The EPA is the environmental regulator responsible for the authorisation and enforcement of urban waste water discharges, in accordance with the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) Regulations, 2007 as amended. Irish Water is responsible for the collection, treatment and discharge of urban waste water in compliance with the requirements of EPA waste water discharge authorisations.

The EPA publishes annual reports on the quality of effluent discharged from urban waste water treatment works throughout the country.

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Our licensing section contains further information on the licensing process for waste water discharge authorisation

Reports on ‌Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2014

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