Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992

Agency functions in relation to water or sewage treatment.


60.(1) The Agency may, and shall if so directed by the Minister, specify and publish criteria and procedures, which in the opinion of the Agency are reasonable and desirable for the purposes of environmental protection, in relation to the management, maintenance, supervision, operation or use of all or specified classes of plant, sewers or drainage pipes vested in or controlled or used by a sanitary authority for the treatment of drinking water or for the treatment or disposal of any sewage or other effluent to any waters and a sanitary authority shall, in the performance of its functions, have regard to such criteria and procedures.

(2) Without prejudice to subsection (1), specified criteria and procedures may relate to—

(a) site selection,

(b) the location of effluent discharges, the periods during which discharges may be made or may not be made and the design and construction of outlets for discharges,

(c) the provision and maintenance of meters, gauges, other apparatus, manholes and inspection chambers.

F72[(3) In this section, a reference to a sanitary authority shall be construed as including a reference to any person acting on behalf of or jointly with a sanitary authority.]




Inserted (31.12.2007) by Water Services Act 2007 (30/2007), s. 107(c), S.I. No. 846 of 2007.

Modifications (not altering text):


Term “sanitary authority” construed in relation to water services (31.12.2007) by Water Services Act 2007 (30/2007), s. 39, S.I. No. 846 of 2007, and (1.01.2014) by Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 (50/2013), s. 7(3), (4), S.I. No. 757 of 2013.

Transfer of functions from sanitary authorities.

39.— All functions assigned to sanitary authorities under any other enactment shall, in so far as they relate to the carrying out by a water services authority of functions in relation to the provision of water services, be deemed to be functions of a water services authority, and all references to a sanitary authority in those acts and related enactments are to be construed accordingly.


Transfer of functions from water service authorities to Irish Water

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(3) All functions of sanitary authorities deemed to be functions of a water services authority under section 39 of the Act of 2007 shall, on the transfer day, be transferred to Irish Water.

(4) References to a sanitary authority in any enactment or instrument under any enactment shall, on and after the transfer day, in so far as they relate to any function transferred by subsection (3), be construed as references to Irish Water.