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“The purpose of the excessive use charge is to incentivise the fixing of leaks and the conservation of water. The excessive usage charge will apply to households that use an excessive amount of water.” File photograph: Getty

Ireland has moved to reassure the European Commission that it is adhering to EU rules around water conservation through a new excess charging regime. (...)

A toxic blue-green ‘algae’ appeared last year on Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Leane. Photograph: Facebook

The entire sewer network in Killarney, Co Kerry, is to be investigated in response to a major blockage that led to sewage backing up and flowing into (...)

Only 60% of the State’s domestic dwellings have water meters. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 70,000 households could face water charges of up to €500 from next year if Irish Water gets the go-ahead to impose levies on customers who waste(...)

Helen Rochford-Brennan in her Tubbercurry home, Co Sligo, where precautions must be taken when using the water. Photograph Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

Helen Rochford-Brennan has sticky notes beside every tap in her home with a simple message: do not drink water. She and husband Seán Brennan are amon(...)

Irish Water managing director Eamon Gallen: ‘We want to avoid people paying these charges not to enforce them.’

Raw sewage from the equivalent of 86,000 people is flowing into Irish waterways every day, a health threat the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) s(...)

Parteen Weir on Lough Derg is part of the Shannon water system. Irish Water plans to build a 170 km long pipe from the Parteen basin on the river Shannon to Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish Water insists the €1.3 billion project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin will not be delayed by a review of the proposal. The inde(...)

The Environmental Protection Agency says no E.coli testing was reported for 711 small private water supplies during 2017. Photograph: Getty

The Environmental Protection Agency has highlighted serious health risks arising from creches, nursing homes and hotels using their own wells for drin(...)

One of the red herrings in the acrimonious debate that led to the abandonment of Irish Water’s plan to introduce a graduated system of household water charges was the claim that this was a first step towards the privatisation of water. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Government’s decision to hold a referendum aimed at ensuring that water supply is retained in public ownership is a positive move which should pav(...)

The planned amendment to the Constitution would stipulate that ownership of a water services authority must be retained by the State or a State-controlled body. File photograph: Getty Images

The outline of a proposed referendum to keep in public ownership any company or authority responsible for the supply of water services is to set to be(...)

Irish Water has lifted all remaining water conservation orders that were in place around the country. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Irish Water has lifted all remaining water conservation orders that were in place around the country. Orders restricting water use, a so-called hosep(...)

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