Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Nitrates Directive, Water Quality and Pollution: Discussion

Ms Mary Gurrie:

I refer to the environmental regulator for waste water and the enforcement actions. Due to the fact that Irish Water is the licensee, any enforcement actions against it are taken under waste water legislation and not under section 63. The EPA has a priority action list for waste water plants that we are not happy with, for example, those that discharge raw sewerage and impact on water quality. Our enforcement efforts are based on that priority list. Section 63 is used for local authority performance.