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Water is a precious resource:

With Ireland’s famous amount rain, many of us think we shouldn’t have to worry about water or pay for it as if falls freely from the sky.  However, as the debate continues about Irish Water, there is no disagreement that water is a precious resource.

 

We are very fortunate that Ireland does receive the amount of rainfall that it does, but often it falls where it is not needed.  The West gets a considerably wetter weather than the East coast, where over a quarter of the population lives and works.

 

It is estimated that Dublin only has 1% of surplus water at any point in time.  If there is any drought or massive leak, the greater Dublin area will face water stoppages.  Ireland is the only OECD country that does not currently pay directly for water usage and as a result is the highest user per capita of water.

 

Water Charges:

VOICE supports the imposition of water charges and the concept of paying for what you use to encourage water conservation as well as pay for the treatment and provision of water.  However, we believe that the current tax structure should be amended to ensure that taxpayers do not pay for water through their income taxes or other taxes.  The only fee each household should pay for the provision of water is through their water charge, paying for what each of us uses.

 

We also support measures to ensure that our water and wastewater treatment and delivery system always remains in public hands.  This is a national asset and should always remain as one.

Sewage Treatment:

However, the provision of drinking water is not the only water we need to be concerned about.  Ireland must ensure the effective and environmentally sound treatment of sewerage, monitor and enforce licensed discharges into our sewers, surface water and ground water, and protect the quality of our nation’s streams, rivers and lakes. Water is the life blood of our existence, our food production, our wildlife and our country.  We must take urgent measures to protect it and use it wisely.

What is VOICE doing?

  • In 2004, VOICE established the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) to bring together all water-related organisations to participate in the rollout of the Water Framework Directive.  SWAN is now a stand-alone organisation of which VOICE is a member and has a representative on the Board of Directors.
  • VOICE is on SWAN’s Fracking Study Steering Committee.
  • VOICE is investigating the ability of local authorities to effectively monitor and enforce surface water discharge permits.
  • VOICE is a member of Irish Water’s Stakeholder Forum

 

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Can Ireland’s Flooding be Controlled?

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Plastics and Microbeads – an environmental nightmare

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REQUIREMENTS FOR SEPTIC TANKS AND OTHER SEWERAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS

FACT SHEET –
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Waterwise Leaflet

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Waterwise Leaflet

Worried about impending water rates?

Want to reduce your water use at home?

Here is a handy guide to help you cut your consumption.

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AVOID CHEMICALS IN HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS, USE NATURAL PRODUCTS INSTEAD

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SMEs, Save Money By Going Green!

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With our limited amount of natural resources and their increased extraction, we face a world with less available and more expensive virgin materials.

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WORLD WATER DAY, 22 MARCH 2012

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TweetThe international World Water Day is fast approaching.  Put the 22nd of March on your calendar and try to reduce your water footprint.  The calcuation of your water footprint is not only based on the water you use everyday (washing, drinking, cooking, flushing), but it is also based on the water imbedded in the products we consume (coffee, tea, meat, cotton). Measure your water footprint by using this water footprint...

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New year, new beginnings

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Tweet Happy  New Year to all of our readers! If finding a new role is one of your new year resolutions, you may be interested in a vacancy with the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN). SWAN is an umbrella network of twenty five of Ireland’s leading environmental groups working together on water policy issues. The role of the Network, Administration & Policy Support Officer is to assist the SWAN Coordinator in ensuring the smooth running of the SWAN office; to provide support to our member organisations; to facilitate smooth and effective communication amongst member organisations and between member organisations and other bodies and to assist with the delivery of advocacy plans and policy research projects. For more details, visit SWAN’s...

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EIA: Bantry Inner Harbour Development

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The RPS Group has been appointed by Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners as consulting engineers to provide both engineering consultancy and environmental services in relation to the redevelopment of Bantry Inner Harbour…

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Tweet Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin has been awarded the county’s first Ecocert certification, recognising the steps it has taken towards sustainability.  The Environmental Protection Agency, Local Authorities and environmental consultancy, Econcertive formed part of the steering committee which approved the award. The certification will be valid for 3 years, during which time the Centre will be continuously surveyed to ensure its adherence to the Ecocert programme.   New projects to increase the Centre’s sustainability include a waste minimisation pilot study, a water conservation programme which will examine the potential to use rainwater harvesting or spring water for toilet  and washdown uses, and reducing energy consumption with solar paneling. More information on...

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