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on Monday, 14 January 2019. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Property, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The following is an email that I received from the Nitrates section. This only applies to farmers that are using water from a well, stream, river or lake. Those farmers that are on the mains water system are already being recorded. It only applies to farmers with large numbers of livestock as you can see from the table below.

Dear FAS Advisor,

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government launched a register of water abstractions in accordance with the European Union (Water Policy) (Abstractions Registration) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 261 of 2018) in August 2018. People who abstract 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) of water or more per day are required to register their water abstraction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The official deadline for registration passed on 16 November 2018 and the EPA estimates that about 10 to 15% of abstractions of 25 or more cubic meters per day have been registered to date from the farming sector.  

The EPA has asked DAFM to issue a reminder to FAS advisors regarding the requirement for farmers to register for water abstraction of 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) or more per day.  It is calculated that registration is required for the following farm categories of farms –


Dairy Farms with over 200 cows

Sheep Farm with over 5,000 animals

Poultry Producer with over 20,000 birds

Piggery with over 500 animals

Registration is still open. Registration details are provide below. You are kindly requested to bring this requirement to the attention of your farmer clients. 

The following are the steps to register an abstraction -

    1. Sign up to the EDEN website and request access to the Water Abstractions Module. Guidance on this process is available here.
    1. Submit your abstraction details in the Water Abstractions Module via the EDEN website. Guidance on this process is available here.
    1. When your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from the EPA.

Please contact the EPA on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries. Background information to the Water Abstraction Regulations is available on the EPA website at the following link.

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