Climate Change

Climate change means a significant change in the measures of climate, such as temperature, rainfall, or wind, lasting for an extended period – decades or longer.

Climate Change and You

What's happening and what impact will climate change have on Ireland?

Waste water

The Environmental Protection Agency is the environmental regulator of Irish Water. We issue and enforce authorisations for waste water discharges.

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Waste water and You

How best to maintain your septic tank.


The Environmental Protection Agency licences, monitors and regulates certain activities in the waste sector.

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Waste and You

Learn more about waste

Drinking water

The Environmental Protection agency is the drinking water quality regulator, responsible for enforcing the Drinking Water Regulations for public water supplies.

Drinking water and You

Where does your drinking water come from?


The EPA assess exposure to radiation from sources in the environment through monitoring programmes and operates a graded authorisation system to register and licence any practice involving the use of radioactive sources or equipment such as X-ray.

Radiation and You

What is Radiation and how can it affect you?


The Environmental Protection Agency manages the national ambient air quality monitoring network. We also measure the levels of emissions of a number of atmospheric pollutants. The ambient air pollutants of most concern are fine particulate matter from the burning of solid fuel and nitrogen dioxide from transport emissions.

Air and You

See the air quality index for health, this will tell the about air in your area

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Latest Publications

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National Waste Statistics Summary

for the year 2020

This report summarises EPA data on waste generation and management in Ireland in 2020. It highlights key trends and progress towards EU targets and identifies where further measures are needed to improve Ireland's recycling rates and deliver the transition to a circular economy.

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Hydrology Summary Bulletin

Hydrology bulletin on rainfall, river flows, lake levels, groundwater levels and spring outflows for November 2022

Hydrology Summary Bulletin outlining the flows in rivers, rainfall, lake and turlough levels, groundwater levels and spring outflows of over 300 stations across Ireland for the month.

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Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies 2021

This report is an overview of the quality of drinking water in public supplies and public group schemes during 2021. It is based on the assessment of monitoring results reported to the EPA by Irish Water and local authorities, and on the EPA's enforcement activities.

Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

Performance Report 2021

This report sets out the results of the EPA’s assessment of local authority environmental performance for 2021

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Drinking Water Quality in Private Group Schemes and Small Private Supplies 2021

This report provides an overview of the quality of drinking water in private group schemes and small private supplies.

EPA awards €10.7 million for research to support environmental protection in Ireland

Date released: January 27, 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced €10.7 million of research funding for 42 research projects addressing climate change and other emerging, complex environmental problems.

Evidence shows consistent beliefs and attitudes on climate change across Ireland in both rural and urban areas. See what your County thinks about Climate Change.

Date released: January 19, 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released new interactive maps of Ireland that show national, regional, and county level data about people’s climate change beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences and behaviours.

EPA calls for urgent action to address Ireland’s Municipal Waste Recycling

Date released: December 06, 2022

The EPA’s National Waste Statistics Report for 2020 published today reports on the most recent official data on waste generation and management in Ireland. The report reveals a number of worrying trends.