What regulations are in place to ensure the quality of my drinking water?
On 12th June 2007 the European Communities (Drinking Water) (No. 2) Regulations 2007, (S.I. No. 278 of 2007) came into operation as the primary legislation covering drinking water in Ireland. These regulations prescribe quality standards to be applied and related supervision and enforcement procedures in relation to supplies of drinking water, including requirements as to sampling frequency, methods of analysis, the provision of information to consumers and related matters. The Regulations update and replace the European Communities (Drinking Water) Regulations of 2000 (S.I. No. 439 of 2000), and the European Communities (Drinking Water) Regulations of 2007 (S.I. No. 106 of 2007).
It is the duty of a sanitary authority to take the necessary measures to ensure that water intended for human consumption is wholesome and clean and meets the requirements of these Regulations.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the regulatory body charged with monitoring and reporting on compliance levels on matters of water quality in Ireland. They assess the wholesomeness of drinking water, and undertake technical audits of water suppliers to examine all aspects of water quality, treatment and monitoring. The most recent report on the Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland is available to download on the EPA website.
A summary of the most recent drinking water supply report for Dublin City Council can be found in Appendix I of The Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland Report 2012 as issued by the EPA. The summary can be found by clicking on the following link: DCC Drinking Water Quality Page for 2012
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There are standards for over fifty parameters that are monitored to determine the microbiological, chemical and aesthetic qualities of drinking water.
Results from water samples collected at the treatment works, service reservoirs and customer taps are compared to these quality standards.
For more information
Irish Water Contact Details:
Telephone: 1850 278 278 (LoCall)
Minicom: 1850 378 378
(For hearing impaired customers with minicom equipment)
Postal Address: Irish Water, PO Box 860, South City Delivery Office, Cork City
To report an issue on Water Services please contact IW (Abtran) directly on 1890 278 278 (LoCall)
Please continue to contact Dublin City Council for information or issues relating to business account queries, surface water drainage and flood management.