Climate Change

Climate change is with us now. The sooner we act, the less damage it will do to our society and environment.

Climate Change and You

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

Waste water

The EPA is the environmental regulator of Uisce Éireann (formerly Irish Water).

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Waste water and You

How best to maintain your septic tank.


The EPA regulates and licences a variety of activities in the waste sector, including landfill sites.

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Waste and You

Learn more about waste

Drinking water

The EPA regulates the quality of drinking water in Ireland and enforces standards in public supplies.

Drinking water and You

Where does your drinking water come from?


The EPA monitors radiation in our environment. We also regulate radioactive sources in industry, e.g. for x-rays.

Radiation and You

What is Radiation and how can it affect you?


The EPA manages the national air quality monitoring network. We also measure levels of air pollution.

Air and You

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

Additional things you can do

Latest Publications

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Bathing water quality in 2023

Water quality at the majority of Ireland’s bathing waters was of a high standard with 77% having 'Excellent’ water quality and 97% meeting the minimum standard.

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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement

Summary 2023

The report provides details of enforcement activities across EPA-licensed facilities in 2023.

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EPA Highlights 2023

This review of 2023 showcases the EPA's work in addressing environmental challenges across Ireland.

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Ireland’s Climate Change Assessment (ICCA)

For the first time, these reports provide a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the state of knowledge around all key aspects of climate change, with a central focus on Ireland.

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Domestic Waste Water Treatment System (DWWTS) Inspections 2023

45% of septic tanks failed inspection in 2023 with a significant number identified as a risk to human health and the environment.

Bathing water quality remains high overall, but heavy summer rainfall is putting pressure on our beaches

Date released: May 15, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published the Bathing Water Quality in Ireland report for 2023 which shows that water quality at the majority of Ireland’s bathing waters was of a high standard.

Ammonia emissions down one per cent in 2022, however further reductions needed to protect health and the environment

Date released: May 10, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its 2022 assessment of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment.

Failure to fix faulty septic tanks is a risk to human health and the environment, and can’t continue, says EPA.

Date released: May 08, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the report on Domestic Waste Water Treatment System Inspections 2023 which details the findings of septic tank inspections completed by local authorities in 2023.

EPA Water Conference 2024 - Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June, Galway and online

Date: June 12, 2024

The EPA Water Conference 2024 is being held on 12 and 13 June, 2024 in Galway and online.

Environment, Health & Wellbeing Conference 2024

Date: May 29, 2024

The 2024 Environment, Health and Wellbeing Conference, hosted by the HSE, EPA & ESRI, will take place on Wednesday 29th May 2024 in the Royal College of Physicians Ireland in Dublin City Centre.