Irish Water and Scottish Water: A Comparison

Rodney McDermott, Brian Solan, Sarah McCord, Kim Littlewood

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Rising costs of production and the need for capital investment in the public water supply network in Ireland has placed a strong emphasis on the need for water conservation and tackling the current high levels of leakage (Depart-ment of the Environment, Community and Local Government, 2015) [1]. Consequently, Irish Water which is Ireland’s national water utility has had to consider various business models and supply frameworks to demonstrate value for money. This has included those successfully implemented by Scot-tish Water. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare both national utility providers in terms of structure and financial performance. The results of this study showed that both utility providers differed significantly. The Utility has, indeed, tried to achieve “too much too soon” (O’Leary, 2018 [2]; Donegal Now, 2016) [3]. Therefore, the initial results of this study suggest that continuing to consider Scottish Water as the benchmark may generate unrealistic targets and expectations which in all probability may not be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1064-1089
Number of pages26
JournalThe Journal of Water Resource and Protection
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Aug 2019


  • Irish Water
  • Scottish Water
  • Water Charges
  • Water Leakage
  • Water Utility


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