Water Abstraction Registration

The EPA have launched a register of water abstractions in accordance with the European Union (Water Policy) (Abstractions Registration) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 261 of 2018). People who abstract 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) of water or more per day are required to register their water abstraction.  Development of a register of water abstractions is a requirement of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and has been signaled in the River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021.

Aim of Water Abstraction Register

Responsible management of water resources involves ensuring that river flows, lake and groundwater levels can sustain aquatic environments, while also allowing use of water for drinking water supply and other agricultural, commercial, industrial and recreational purposes. To assess if our water resources are being managed sustainably, it is important to know what volume of water is being abstracted and from which rivers, lakes and groundwater.

This water abstraction register aims to capture this information and the data will be used in conjunction with information on discharges, flow and water level data, and water status to identify if there are any rivers, lakes or groundwater bodies that have unsustainable abstractions that require active management.

Requirement to Register

The requirement to register relates only to abstractions with a daily maximum volume of 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) or more. Existing abstractions greater than this volume must be registered through the EPA EDEN portal within four months of the commencement of the regulations, i.e. by 16th November 2018. Thereafter, for new abstractions, there is a requirement to register within one month of the commencement of the abstraction.

There is no requirement to register abstractions with a daily maximum volume of less than 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres). It will not be possible to complete a registration if the daily maximum volume is less than 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres). Small private supplies, e.g. using domestic wells (which typically abstract between 0.5 - 1.0 cubic meter of water per day) do not require registration.

Steps in Registering

The following are the steps to register an abstraction. More detailed support information for the registration process is here.

  1. Check if your abstraction has a daily maximum volume of 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) or more. If the abstraction volume is not directly measured these support materials may help to estimate the abstraction volume. Document the measurement or estimation of the volume and retain for future reference. Domestic wells typically abstract less than one cubic meter of water per day and do not require registration.
    • If the daily maximum volume is less than 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) per day you cannot register so need go no further.
    • If the daily maximum volume is greater than or equal to 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) per day proceed to the next step.
  2. Sign up for access to the EDEN website and request access to the Water Abstractions Module.
  3. Review the privacy policy and the registration support materials.
  4. Submit your abstraction details in the Water Abstractions Module. A registration code will be issued and should be retained as proof of registration.

Data Privacy

To submit a registration you must agree to the The Environmental Protection Agency website privacy policy. The European Union (Water Policy) (Abstractions Registration) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 261 of 2018) enable data sharing with other public authorities with a statutory responsibility for the management of water.

 Further Information

Contact Us

Please contact edenabstractionsupport@epa.ie with any additional queries not covered in the FAQ's.