Water Abstraction and Discharges (Northern Ireland)

Digital datasets of water abstraction licence application locations (except public water supplies) in SHP and GML format.



Abstraction & Impoundment Licensing Team
Water Management Unit
17 Antrim Road
County Antrim
BT28 3AL

Email: AIL@daera-ni.gov.uk

Northern Ireland abstraction database in Excel (840 records)

Turloughs: Hydrology, Ecology and Conservation

304 turloughs listed in the Geological Survey Ireland Karst Database (2006)

Extend along the Western region of Ireland, from Co. Donegal to Co. Cork, with clusters of turloughs occurring in Co. Clare, Co. Galway, Co. Mayo and Co. Roscommon.

Includes site reports and maps for 22 turloughs studied in detail


NPWS project investigated a relatively small number of turloughs (22 for most aspects of the project, and 8 sites for the invertebrate work)

For locations of turlough sites which might potentially end up being impacted e.g. by OPW drainage, a better source of information is the Geological Survey of Ireland karst database, which has national mapping of karst features including turloughs. 

This is available to view online on their Groundwater Data Viewer at https://dcenr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=bc0dba38f3f5477c8fd400f66b5eedcd 

The turloughs are shown within the Groundwater Karst Data layer with a capital T inside a box.  This dataset is also available for download from a link at https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/data-and-maps/Pages/Groundwater.aspx#KarstFeatures

There are more than 300 turloughs in the database (unknown how many of them have been ground-truthed and verified)

Summary of threats to Turlough SACs

Adjacent quarry impact on hydrology

Fertiliser and grazing by sheep and cattle

Housing development and septic tanks

Overwintering of horses

Farm run off and slurry

Drainage, land reclamation and reseeding

Road widening

Enrichment from abattoir

Enrichment from intensive dairy farms

OPW drainage

Drainage and peat cutting

Soil excavation / turlough basin scraped out / permanent pond deepened

State Land Database (Beta version)

The State Land Database will be a comprehensive, live, interactive WebMap showing all State-owned lands. This will allow for better management of the State’s assets, support transparency, optimise land usage and assist in greater strategic planning and urban regeneration.

This database will provide the LDA with a tool to identify lands suitable for housing development and assist in greater communication between state bodies to allow for larger strategic developments.

To do this the LDA is working with the PRAI, OPW, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, OSi and numerous other state bodies to compile a complete State Asset Database.

It will highlight the physical characteristics, the current use and the zoning of each state asset. It will also show how well serviced each site is in terms of transport, utilities and community facilities, to assist the LDA in providing affordable accommodation where it is most needed.

Below is the beta version of our map showing our first look at the state lands throughout the country. We have asked the PRAI to look up all registered properties for a number of State land owners, which has resulted in almost 60,000 folios. We have these highlighted on this WebMap along with a focused look at Galway and Waterford cities, where we have taken a closer look to find some non-registered state lands.

This Web Map shows a fraction of the total state assets, we will continue to search for registered and non-registered state owned properties and update this map as the information comes available. 


AIE: Licensed Peat extraction installation boundary

Under the AIE Regs to request the following GIS data

Licensed Peat extraction installation boundary

This dataset demonstrates the location name and area of bogs licensed for the extraction of peat by Bord na Mona under nine separate licences.



AIE Request: 24/3/22

Domestic Waste Water Application: Module in EPAs EDEN System

This Module is the system used by local authority inspectors to log inspected domestic waste water inspections (septic tanks)

This dataset represents the site locations of Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems where inspections have been carried out under the National Inspection Plan.


These locations have been captured by Local Authority Inspectors as part of the process of logging inspection details within the Domestic Waste Water Application

The locations in this dataset are captured using an integrated map part within the Domestic Waste Water Application whereby the Inspector selects the location on the map. Alternatively, the Inspector can enter the coordinates manually at which point the application then displays the location on the map for verification.

There are a number of datasets available as decision support tools to assist with the implementation of the National Inspection Plan 2018 – 2021 here: