The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office

The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office was set up in February 2016 to assist with the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Ireland. It provides a shared service on behalf of all Local Authorities and have been tasked with two key objectives:

-To coordinate the Water Framework Directive activities of Local Authorities through agreed regional structures.
-To promote greater public participation in the protection of our natural waters and in the development of River Basin Management Plans.

Our Community Water Officers will work closely with local communities, public bodies, sectoral interests, Public Participation Networks (PPNs), Local Development Companies and others to facilitate community action in the management of our water environment.

Ireland's rivers, lakes, coastal and groundwaters are some of our greatest natural assets. These waters support an array of plant and wildlife habitats, they provide recreation and amenity benefits and contribute substantially to local economies as a result of tourism and industry.

Our office will provide technical assistance and support for local communities on water based initiatives. Some examples include:

  • Invasive species removal and control
  • Fish passage improvement
  • Fish spawning enhancement
  • Riverbank improvement works/halting erosion
  • In stream works - stream crossings
  • Community engagement
  • Citizen science and monitoring of local rivers - Nature detectives
  • Restoration of wildlife habitats
  • "Solution to pollution" - action on problems identified
  • Access to waters and livestock management best practice
  • River heritage and walks signage and leaflets

The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office is funded by the Department of Housing, Community, Planning and Local Government and is managed jointly by Kilkenny County Council and Tipperary County Council. The office can be contacted by or phone 0761 06 5262.

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Emergency Outside Office Hours

If you require the service of the Local Authority for an emergency outside of normal business hours please note the following:

Persons requiring the Fire Service for an emergency should Dial 112 and no other number

For all water related queries 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)

For any other emergency the public are advised to ring 1890 252654

Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny R95 A39T
Tel: +353 (0) 56 7794000 | Fax: +353 (0) 56 7794004
Email: | Emergency outside office hours: 1890 252 654
Water Queries: 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)
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