EPA Water Abstraction Register 2023

Note: townslands are now included (Column K, L) but not for all records

Redactions are under appeal with OCEI

Notes from the notes

eg 47 points of abstraction in Longford, what is this for ? just says land drainage, but why so extensive?

DROMIDICLOGH WEST Cork,

Agri food abstraction, two river / two boreholes (likely Carbery Group)

KILLAGH MORE, Galway

Artificial groundwater level for landfill cell protection – Cone of depression

150-acre landfill at Killagh More, near Kilconnell

W0178-02 https://epawebapp.epa.ie/terminalfour/ippc/ippc-view.jsp?regno=W0178-02

3. I7 Groundwater Management
3.17.1 Effective groundwater management infrastructure shall be provided and maintained at the facility during construction, operation. restoration and aftercare of the facility. As a minimum. the infrastructure shall be capable of the following

a) the protection of the groundwater resources from pollution by the waste activities; and
The protection of other infrastructure, such as the liner, from any adverse effects caused by the groundwater.

b) 3.17.2 Any groundwater arising from the construction of the facility shall be diverted to the surface water lagoon.

KILREE Kilkenny

Quarrying, Bennettsbridge Limestone Quarries

W78

70,000m3/day with a maximum annual average of 22,000m3

BALLYKELLY Wexford

Quarrying,

Wexford County Council No. SS/W161/04 

Abstraction is limited to 200m3/d from May to end of September and to 1,000m3/d from October to end of April.

Dublin City


Industrial

Groundwater well / borehole

Abstraction is restricted to 100m3/d


KILLIN Louth

Beverages,

MOYNE LOWER Wexford

Industrial – Groundwater Remediation

P0394-01

Abstraction rates agreed in consultation with the EPA and periodically reviewed. 

Assaroe, Donegal

Hydropower

Assaroe reservoir working levels (Assaroe Lake is a 578-acre artificial lake created by the Cathleen falls and Cliff Hydro schemes and is controlled by the ESB)

CARRIGANASS CANSHANAVOE GLENLOUGH (Cork)

Hydropower, three abstractions,

Donegal

Hydropower,

cross border agreement, no further details

CAHERTEIGE Clare

Industrial

Daily limit of 300m3 and hourly limit of 40m3

Reservoir abstraction,

Sackville, Kerry

Discharge licence from Kerry County Council. Maximum daily discharge 40,000m3 .  Note average daily discharge 13,700m3 approx with maximum seasonal discharge of 27,730m3

Rivers, Limerick

three abstractions

Cooling

discharge of cooling water from abstraction limited to 2300m3/day

TARBERT ISLAND Kerry

P0607-02

IED/IPC Licence conditions to comply with

GRAIGUENOE Tipperary

Hydropower,

If the water on the river is low ( no rain) the turbine is not operational

FARRANAVARRIGANE Cork

Licence agreement with ESB

Dublin

W0232-01

Limited to 14040 m3 per hour Maximum and 570000 m3 per day 

Mallow Cork

Industrial, Groundwater,

P0403-03

Local Authority Planning Restriction 1300m3/day

LISNAGOWAN Cavan

Agriculture (Drinking consumption, parlour and herd washing)

Local Environmental Health Officer does not allowed us to use water for human consumption

KINDRUM Donegal

Aquaculture, lake abstraction,

Lwat25

Max volumetric flow per 24 hours (m3) =  6048

BALLYKILLEEN (COOLESTOWN BY) Offaly

Industrial

Maximum abstraction is 240m3/hr. under planning permission

CLONBULLOGE Offaly

Industrial

Maximum abstraction is 240m3/hr. under planning permission

Colligan River

W0032-03

Treatment of Landfill Leachate

Maximum abstraction to Colligan River is 186 cubic meters per day

GREATISLAND Wexford

Cooling

maximum allowable cooling water returned to the estuary under our IPPC permit is 792,000m3 per day

PROCKLIS (ED Dunlewy) Donegal

Aquaculture

Lwat26

Maximum daily flow (m3) = 34560

Aquaculture, Station Island Donegal

Lwat27

Yes Maximum daily flow (m3) = 34560

COOLADERRY (ED Fanad North) Donegal

Lwat28

Maximum volumetric flow (m3/24 hours) = 175

Clare

Hydropower

Minimum lake level & drawdown.

CLOGH LOWER Wicklow

Agriculture

not to cause any pollution issues

BALLINTEMPLE Carlow

Irrigation, Forest Nursery Production

River abstraction

Permissible limit from Inland Fisheries based on maximum of 60m3 per hour.  

Dublin City

Temporary dewatering of an excavation on a construction site, Dublin

Five abstractions via Groundwater well / borehole

PJ Hegarty has applied for 2 Discharge Licences:
1. Dublin City Council, discharge licence to Waters, to recharge water back into the gravel aquifer within the site. DCC has issued the licence to discharge to waters (PCLW/005/18) and discharge limit is 432 m3/day.
2. Irish Water, discharge licence to sewer, to discharge water into the foul sewer.
Both licences will limit the volume of water allowed to recharge / discharge per day. This will restrict the abstraction.

MOYODE Galway

Quarrying

W376 04

Set of conditions relating to the discharge license W376 04

CASTLEGRACE Tipperary

Hydropower

Subject to agreed low flow compensation under terms of original planning.  Effectively turbine cuts out automatically when flow is too low.  Normal year approx 1 month.   2018  four months.!

LUNG and BANADA Roscommon

four abstractions

Industrial cooling

P0802-02

SW4 abstraction limited to 6000 m3/d

PARK NORTH Cork

industrial cooling, nine abstractions

P0442-02

The maximum water abstraction rate from the combined eight production wells shall be 4,300 m3/day.

ARDCLONE Kilkenny

Spring water used as an ingredient in the manufacture of beverages

Groundwater well / borehole abstraction

Treatment of the water is prohibited with the exception of filtration

DRUMCAVANY Donegal

Aquaculture

River abstraction

Lwat40

Volumetric flow per minute = 5m3

DROMALOUR Cork

WP(W)02/18 and WP(W)07/11

Wastewater Monitoring Programme for BOD, Suspended Solids, Total Nitrogen, Total Phosphorous and Mineral Oils

BALLYHEST WEST Cork

WP(W)02/18 and WP(W)07/11

Wastewater Monitoring Programme for BOD, Suspended Solids, Total Nitrogen, Total Phosphorous and Mineral Oils

EPA National Environmental Complaints Line (NECL) Database

OEE AIE 2022 39

AIE includes:

Excel files of the environmental complaints, which give a good overview of the types of complaints reports

Summary reports (for three quarters in 2022)

Note: these are all complaints about Non-Licensed sites (sites that do not have an EPA licence so not in LEAP/EDEN systems. Examples would be the ones noted as significant, eg Donegal pig farm under the EPA stocking threshold for an EPA licence, and the IDA site at Loughmore Canal (which while it serves some EPA licenced sites, is not itself a licenced site)

NON-LICENSED COMPLAINTS: JAN – MAR Q1 2022

This report summarises complaint matters handled by the OEE Complaints (Non-Licensed) Team in January-
March 2022 and complaints received pre-2018 handled by regional/thematic teams.

NON-LICENSED COMPLAINTS: HALF YEAR JAN – JUNE 2022

This report summarises complaint matters handled by the OEE Complaints (Non-Licensed) Team in the first half of the year, Jan – June 2022 – and complaints received pre-2018 handled by regional/thematic teams

NON-LICENSED COMPLAINTS: JUL – SEPT Q3 2022

This report summarises complaint matters handled by the OEE Complaints (Non-Licensed) Team in July-September 2022 and complaints received pre-2018 handled by regional/thematic teams.

EPA submission: NPWS Draft Strategy Statement 2023-2025 (EPAC-2622)

EPA submission in response to the Public Strategy Consultation by the National Parks and Wildlife Service on its Draft Strategy Statement 2023-2025. In the submission the EPA recognises the need for an appropriately resourced and focused NPWS, with clearly defined strategic priorities and objectives, in the context of the urgent biodiversity and climate crises. The NPWS is an important stakeholder of the EPA’s. We cooperate and coordinate on several common work areas in the interest of protecting Ireland’s environment. Points raised in the submission include those on collaboration, implementation and enforcement of legislation, the Natura 2000 network and regulatory processes. Further observations are included in an Appendix.

EPA Drinking Water Remedial Action List Q4 of 2022

The Remedial Action list is a record of the public water supplies known to be at risk and where the EPA is requiring Irish Water to take corrective action. The EPA has instructed Irish Water to submit an action programme for the improvement of each of these supplies and has initiated enforcement action where action programmes were not being prepared or were not prepared to the satisfaction of the EPA. This includes issuing legally binding Directions requiring specific work to be carried out.

Dairygold Mitchelstown, Co. Cork – Castlefarm & Clonmel Road Complex – Groundwater & Surface Water Monitoring Report for submission to the Environmental Protection Agency

The processing plant at Castlefarm produces whole milk, skim milk, filled milk powders, casein, caseinate, lactose powders, whey powders and concentrates

The processing plant at Clonmel Road produces cheddar cheese

Land Use Evidence Review, Minutes of Meetings (2021+)

The Programme for Government commits to a land use review to ensure that optimal land use options inform all relevant government decisions.

In 2022 DAFM and DECC commenced a Land Use Evidence review.

Phase 1 of the review is being managed by EPA and will assemble the evidence base to determine the environmental, ecological and economic characteristics of land types across Ireland, as outlined in the 2021 Climate Action Plan.

The Land Use Evidence Review work is assisted by a Land Use Evidence Forum.

Meeting notes from 19 May 2022. 

Presentation from Coillte

Focus areas are to create new forests, optimise management of estate to maximise carbon storage, redesign areas of peatland forests.

Want to increase the biodiversity in forests.

Identified forest areas that have high ecological potential.

Plan to transition sensitive Freshwater Pearl Mussel areas to semi natural woodlands.

EPA

Need help with soil indicators

A test run of converting the draft landcover data for the southeast of Ireland into land use data was done to assess the main barriers to creating land use map(s) for Ireland

How is urban land being assessed, as it results in multiple pressures? EPA replied that in the EAGLE land use scheme the relevant land uses are residential, infrastructure and services. This means that in the indicator assessment the urban pressures might be repeated as they are being catalogued according to the land use types (so urban pressures will be catalogued against residential, infrastructure etc)

There is a task to workshop/review the draft land use class definitions with the land evidence forum

FOI/AIE

Publication of meeting notes to EPA website. Meeting notes for this group have been requested under FOI and AIE. To make this more efficient for the requesters the EPA will publish meeting notes to the EPA website until the land use evidence review phase 1 is complete. Would like a one-week turnaround for any comments/corrections on the meeting notes for timely publication.

Meeting notes from 22 June 2022.

New map will be much higher resolution than Corine landcover data. Tests of the new map, for Co. Wicklow, shows the possible extent of the differences between the two datasets.


Existing use cases that have tested draft sample areas of the landcover data to confirm its applicability include:
• LULUCF (land use, land use change and forestry) reporting as part of EPA inventory and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions
• FLARES research project being undertaken by UCC
• DAFM Farm Environmental Survey pilot study
• EPA illegal waste activities risk map

OSi aiming for a September 2022 release of the data

September documentation will be light, and will focus on giving data users the information they need to use the data

Post September more comprehensive documents are planned:
o Documentation of the landcover classification
o Documentation of the methodology
o Documentation of the validation methods and results

OSi confirmed the landcover is part of the OSI established suite of products and they plan to maintain it into the future. OSI are considering what form the landcover product will take to meet user requirements.

Meeting notes from 7 September 2022

Plans for publication & communication of the Evidence Review documentation

All products will go on government of Ireland website and the launch of Phase 1 will introduce Phase 2

EPA Inspection at Bord na Móna Energy Limited (Blackwater)

Site: Clooniff Bog
Licence Reg. No: P0502-01

The Agency carried out this site visit to review the PCAS works undertaken at Clooniff bog and to review the surface
water monitoring data for discharges from the bog to receiving waters.

The rehabilitation works undertaken at Clooniff were reviewed during this site visit. The discharges from the site to the Ballydangan have been noted to be a significant pressure on the waterbody which is under pressure from peat extraction.

The licensee stated that the rehabilitation works, undertaken as part of the PCAS scheme, are nearly completed. The results of the rehabilitation works undertaken to date can be seen in Photographs 1 -5.


Action Required
The licensee shall submit, via return on the Eden portal, the monitoring data for discharges from the bog to receiving waterbodies including trends of the results and commentary on these trends by 23/11/2022