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Water & Sewerage

Welcome to the Water Policy Division of the Department for Regional Development.

Draft Long Term Water Strategy for Northern Ireland (2014-2039)

The Depeartment for Regional Development has launched a public consultation on a Draft Long Term Water and Strategy for Northern Ireland (2014-2039)

The document presents a clear framework for action which will facilitate a range of initiatives aimed at delivering "a sustainable water sector in Northern Ireland".

The Draft Strategy has 4 key strategic aims;

  • to provide high quality sustainable supplies of drinking water to households, industry and agriculture;
  • to manage flood risk and drainage in a sustainable manner,
  • to achieve the environmental requirements of the Water Framework Directive in a sustainable manner; and
  • to provide sustainable water and sewerage services that meet customers' needs

The document seeks the views of the public on the proposed actions and way forward. These will help to inform the development of the final Strategy.

Copies of the draft Long Term Water Strategy are available in electronic form at

Copies of the consultation document may be obtained by contacting:

Eddie Dobbin
Water Policy Division
Department for Regional Development
Room 1-22
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8GB


Tel 028 90542985

This document is available in a range of formats.  Please contact us with your requirements.

Responses to the consultation document should be posted to the above address or

Comments may also be faxed to 028 90540547

Responses are required by:

  • Friday 10 October 2014

Proposals for New Water Legislation

The Department for Regional Development has launched a public consultation on Proposals for New Water Legislation. The Department is seeking views on a number of proposals to improve how water and sewerage services are delivered in Northern Ireland including extending the current funding arrangements for NI Water. There are also proposals for improving the governance arrangements and reducing the administrative burden and cost to NI water.

Copies of the Proposals for New Water Legislation are in available in electronic format at:

Alternatively, copies may be obtained by contacting:

Eddie Dobbin
Water Policy Division
Department for Regional Development
Room 1-22
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8GB

Tel: (028) 9054 2985


This document is available in a range of formats. Please contact us with your requirements.

Responses to the consultation document should be posted to the above address or email:

Comments may also be faxed

  • Fax: 028 9054 0547.

Responses are required by Friday 29th August 2014.

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDANCE FOR THE WATER AND SEWERAGE INDUSTRY

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDANCE FOR THE WATER AND SEWERAGE INDUSTRY

The Department for Regional Development launched a public consultation in November 2013 on Draft Social & Environmental Guidance for the water and sewerage industry (2015-21). This consultation closed in January 2014.

The Guidance sets out the key social and environmental policies that the Regional Development Minister expects the Utility Regulator for Northern Ireland to contribute to in its regulation of water and sewerage services. These policies will help determine Northern Ireland Water’s investment priorities for the 2015 - 2021 period.

Copies of the draft Guidance are available in electronic form at:

Alternatively, copies may be obtained by contacting:

Eddie Dobbin
Water Policy Division
Department for Regional Development
Room 1-22
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8GB

Tel: (028) 9054 2985

This document is available in a range of formats. Please contact us with your requirements.

A consultation report has been produced summarising the consultation replies and the Departmental response. This is available via the link below:

Copies of the consultation returns can also be viewed on the Consultation Responses page.

THE RURAL BOREWELLS SCHEME 2014

The aim of the Rural Borewells Scheme is to provide access to affordable safe drinking water in rural homes that are beyond the reach of the public water network.  The scheme offer up to £12,000 per property to meet the needs of existing domestic properties that on a long standing basis have been unable to access a wholesome water supply.

DARD opened calls for applications to the Rural Borewells Scheme in June 2012 and in April 2013 with 64 wells drilled to date. A further call for applications closed on 30 May 2014 with 53 applications received.

The Department for Regional Development (DRD) developed this innovative scheme in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and it is an excellent example of what can be achieved through government departments working together to achieve a common goal.

DARD administers the Scheme on a day-to-day basis as one of a range of initiatives included in its’ ‘Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Framework’.  

The 2014/15 Scheme has closed for application.  However, it will be reviewed at the end of the year to assess future demand.  Anyone who does not have a direct water supply to their home is encouraged to make themselves known to officials at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to assist in the assessment of future demand.  DARD officials can be contacted on 028 82 253512 or email ruralborewells@dardni.gov.uk .

Details of the Scheme can be viewed on the DARD website.

Water and Sewerage Services (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2013.

The Water & Sewerage Services (Amendment) Bill (Northern Ireland) passed through the Assembly and received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013.  

The Act extends NI Water’s subsidy period to 31 March 2016 and also provides for the registration of statutory charges in respect of certain works on private land.  The full act can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Revised Water Stakeholders Partnership Agreement

The Minister for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy MLA, has welcomed the publication of the revised Water Stakeholders Partnership Agreement (first published in October 2008) which was recently endorsed by the statutory bodies involved in the governance of the water industry.   The Partnership Agreement sets out structures for co-operation and principles for working together for key stakeholders – the Utility Regulator, the Consumer Council, NIW, DRD, the Drinking Water Inspectorate and the NI Environment Agency - to achieve the common objective of 'Getting water and sewerage services right for today’s and tomorrow’s consumers and taxpayers through good governance that achieves the right balance of efficiency, fairness, affordability, sustainability, value for money and quality.’

Review of Financial Assistance for Domestic Properties not Served by a Water Main

In November 2010, the Department for Regional Development published a consultation on proposals to review the provision of financial assistance for domestic properties not served by a water main.  The consultation ended on 4 February 2011 and the Department received approximately 50 responses.  In addition, officials held public meetings in three locations to gauge the reaction of the people in some of the areas that are not served by water mains.  A report summarising respondents’ views and the Department's proposals on improving financial assistance for householders to obtain a wholesome water supply can be obtained by clicking the following link

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