An Fóram Uisce has defined its vision where Ireland will have clean and healthy waters, capable of supporting biodiversity and providing the basis for a positive and healthy economic and cultural life.
An Fóram Uisce is a statutory body, established in June 2018, to provide a platform for public engagement on all matters relating to water as an environmental, social and economic resource. An Fóram provides an opportunity for stakeholders to debate and analyse a range of issues with regard to water quality, rural water concerns, issues affecting customers of Irish Water and the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021.
We will ensure that all stakeholders are regularly reminded of our vision and their role in achieving and supporting same.
We will ensure that all stakeholders are regularly reminded of our vision and their role in achieving and supporting same. We will provide a unifying platform for multiple and sometimes competing interests to work together in a collaborative manner, and drawing on each other’s expertise and experience, address the many challenges to the vision. We will endeavour to inspire, inform, educate and challenge all stakeholders in matters relevant to the vision. Based on our understanding of this vision and having regard to our interactions with stakeholders, make recommendations regarding the on-going development of national policies and strategies in relation to all water issues.
Promoting public awareness on the vulnerability of the water resource and thereby supporting behavioural and attitude change. An Fóram has identified seven strategic themes on which it will focus its attention during the next three years.
Lead the debate on water in Ireland
Promote water conservation and resilience
Review and advise on policy implementation
Provide recommendations on the performance of Irish Water
Support and monitor rural water services
Lead public awareness and education
Support and promote public consultation
We contribute to water policy and management through:
- research on topics pertinent to water management in Ireland,
- informed commentary through media posts, conferences and webinars,
- awareness and education programmes,
- policy submissions regarding Irish Water’s performance and
- advising on the implementation of the River Basin management plan and also on the aquatic environment and water resource issues covered by other EU Directives.