Urban Waste Water Advice and Guidance

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 dischrges, 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.

The urban wastewater treatment plants that are operated by Irish Water are regulated by the EPA under the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) Regulations, 2007 as amended.

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

The EPA reports on the performance of urban waste water treatment plants on an annual basis, check out the most recent report here.

Search for a waste water discharge application, authorisation or annual environmental report.

Check out our general guidance on wastewater treatment processes for urban wastewater treatment plants.

Guidance for local authorities on reporting and complying with Waste Water Discharge Licences and Certificates of Authorisation.