Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) is working to identify the issues affecting water quality in Ireland. Where LAWPRO identifies issues, we collaborate with the relevant local authority, public body, and stakeholder to find a solution. Community engagement is the cornerstone of this approach to combine local and expert knowledge for a better understanding of what’s happening in a local catchment and waterbody. Good water quality benefits everybody, it is essential for nature to flourish and our economy to thrive.


The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) is a national shared service working on behalf of all 31 local authorities in Ireland. We coordinate efforts to achieve good or high water quality in our rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters, and groundwater, as required by the European Union Water Framework Directive. Healthy rivers and catchments support a healthy environment, a robust economy, our health, and wellbeing.

Kilkenny and Tipperary County Council jointly manage LAWPRO across 13 separate local authority centres within a five-region structure: 

  • Border 
  • Midlands and East 
  • South East 
  • South West 
  • West 

An alternative approach for better managing Ireland’s natural water assets sees local authorities, state agencies and public bodies collaborating and working with private sector stakeholders and local communities. If we are to deliver water quality improvements and protect high status rivers, “the best of the best”, then the effort must involve all sectors of society. There is a role for everyone, and we are here to support. That drives LAWPRO catchments and communities teams and guides our efforts. 

This website will give you an account of work to date and how you can get involved. 

Upcoming Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health advice restricting physical gatherings LAWPRO is facilitating Community Information Meetings via Zoom. These online meetings will inform local communities of what is happening in their local catchments and provide opportunities for questions and answers.

Latest Blogs

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Public Meetings – Limerick

  Thursday, 11 November 7.30 to 8:30pm Fr. Caseys Function Rm, Abbeyfeale Tuesday, 16 November 7.30 to 8:30pm Woodlands House Hotel, Adare Thursday, 18 November 7.30 to 8:30pm Hayes, Function
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Public Meetings – Clare

Date Time Location Thursday, 28th October 7:30 to 8:30pm Templegate Hotel, Ennis Tuesday, 2nd November 7:30 to 8:30pm Killaloe Hotel & Spa, Killaloe Thursday, 4th November 7:30 to 8:30pm Oakwood
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Get Involved

If you would like to get involved in protecting and managing your local stream, river, lake, coast or groundwater just contact this office for further information.
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Latest Publications

Here you can download Annual Reports and other publications from LAWPRO and its partners.