The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a detailed research report as part of the ‘Learning from Group Water Schemes: Community Infrastructures for Sustainable Development (WIDSOM)’ project.
The report represents the culmination of an 18-month research study exploring the history and development of the group water scheme sector in Ireland, and is authored by Dr Patrick Bresnihan (Maynooth University), Dr Arielle Hesse (Drexel University, USA) and Dr James Merricks White (Örebro University, Sweden).
The quality of many of Ireland’s freshwater sources is declining, impacting in turn the quality and affordability of Ireland’s drinking water services. This project examines the history and development of the group water scheme sector, identifying how and why it has been successful in providing essential water services to rural Ireland, and providing several key findings that have implications beyond the rural water sector.
It's a report that not only documents the history and importance of the community managed water sector in Ireland but also demonstrates how the sector can be integral to informing policy regarding the future of our water resources.
The full report is available for download from the EPA website here.