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3. Preparing for the third River Basin Management Plan and beyond - Feargal O'Coigligh, DHPLG

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This presentation was given on 17 July 2020 as part of the EPA's online Water Conference by Feargal Ó'Coigligh, Department of Housing Planning and Local Government.

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3. Preparing for the third River Basin Management Plan and beyond - Feargal O'Coigligh, DHPLG

  1. 1. Water Policy Challenges and Preparing for the Third River Basin Management Plan and Beyond June 2020
  2. 2. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 2 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Two interrelated themes 1. Protecting and enhancing the quality of Ireland’s water in the environment, including the marine environment. 2. Ensuring the delivery of modern, robust and resilient drinking water and waste-water infrastructure.
  3. 3. Key Influencing Factors • EU Water Directives and Policy • Interrelationship with climate action, biodiversity and sustainable development goals • Commission proposals – Biodiversity Strategy and Farm to Fork • Critical support for housing & sustainable development
  4. 4. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 4 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Challenges for the Water Sector - 1 • Existing infrastructural deficits • Compliance with quality standards • Addressing EU infringements • Accommodate population growth and change & provide services for housing etc • Conserving water – fixing leaks and modifying behaviour
  5. 5. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 5 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Challenges for Water Sector - 2 • Make best use of existing network • Sustainable abstractions – legislation in preparation • Deficiencies in rural and private water supplies • Reverse decline in surface water quality • Adapt to climate change
  6. 6. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 6 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Preparing the 3rd River Basin Management Plan • The River Basin Management Plans set the framework for our action. • Opportunity to work collaboratively with initiatives in the Climate Change and Biodiversity areas to deliver a better environmental outcomes
  7. 7. 7 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Complex policy landscape Land-use policy Food policy Climate adaptation Climate Mitigation Biodiversity
  8. 8. 8 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Path to the third RBMP plan Publish SWMI Consultation Draft Plan Consultation Final Plan June 2020Dec 2019 Dec 2020 Dec 2021June 2021 Review Cycle 2 Page 5 SWMI Ongoing engagement
  9. 9. 9 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Overview of the Significant Water Management Issues Issue 1: Prioritisation Issue 7: Physical changes Issue 2: Public participation Issue 8: Siltation Issue 3: Land use planning Issue 9: Health & Drinking Water Issue 4: Agriculture and the food system Issue 10: Invasive Alien Species Issue 5: Climate change Issue 11: Hazardous Chemicals Issue 6: Pollution of Water - Excess Nutrients Issue 12: Urban Pressures Other issues – Aquaculture, AMR Bacteria
  10. 10. 10 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Other Key Water Policy Priorities
  11. 11. 11 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Irish Water – Continued Evolution • Separation of Irish Water from Ervia group. • Single national water utility. • Eliminate risks in the delivery of assured water and waste water supplies. • Need for improved coordination and strategic planning • Outcomes sought - effective water services utility, sustainable local government, fairness for workers.
  12. 12. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 12 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Secure financial investment • Irish Water Exchequer funding 2020 – for Domestic Water Service - Capital €596.5m - Current €592m - Total €1,188.5m • Strategic funding plan to 2024: - €6.1bn infrastructure/ assets, - €4.9bn operating costs - €11bn in total • Investment focus on three areas: Quality, Conservation and Future Proofing • COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities.
  13. 13. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 13 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Key Rural Water Issues • Oversight of Private Supplies • Organisational Arrangements
  14. 14. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 14 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Group Schemes • Multi-Annual Funding Programme 2019 – 21 • Allocations totalling over €54 million made supporting 621 projects across 25 counties. • Over 104,000 households expected to benefit
  15. 15. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 15 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Wells and Septic Tanks – New Grant Schemes New grant up to €5,000, 85% of cost, no means test: a. Under National Inspection Plan b. In Prioritised Areas for Action c. In High Status Objective Catchment Areas
  16. 16. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 16 An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil | Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Marine Environment – Parallel Initiatives • National Marine Planning Framework • Marine Strategy Framework Directive • Marine Protected Areas

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