6. Infrastructure & Environmental Services
Chapter 6 - Infrastructure & Environmental Services
The availability of high-quality water, drainage infrastructure and environmental services are necessary to facilitate the sustainable development of the county and to protect the environment. While Irish Water is responsible for all aspects of public water services planning, delivery and operation, Kildare County Council, as an agent of Irish Water continues to provide certain water services functions for County Kildare.
The Council is responsible for the management of surface water, with the Office of Public Works (OPW) having overarching responsibility for flood risk management. The Council also has a statutory role in regulating waste management and pollution in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in co-operation with Regional support organisations such as the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) and the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority (WERLA) offices.
It has and will continue to be a policy of the Council to support Irish Water and their role in relation to water supply and wastewater treatment, to manage surface water in a sustainable manner, to minimise waste in accordance with the principles of the circular economy approach and to provide flood protection measures and to reduce flood risk as far as possible.