Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"As the local authority for a growing Capital, Dublin City, with known flood risk and water resource constraints, we are anxious to promote sustainable urban water management and share expertise with our colleagues in other cities."

Adrian Conway, Executive Manager (Engineering) of the Dublin City Council

Dublin at work | Dublin Flood Resilient City Project

The Dublin Flood Resilient City project stems from the thunderstorm floodings in the city in August 2008 and July 2009. Essentially, it uses computer models of the existing drainage network together and very detailed digital ground modelling techniques to estimate pluvial flooding across the city for 50, 100 and 200 years severe rainfall events. These were verified with the flood events of 2008 and 2009 and five pilot projects were identified. Pluvial flood maps were produced for the city, which are included in the Development Plan for the City. All development plan applications have to carry out a flood risk assessment including a pluvial flood risk assessment, which takes cognisance of these flood maps.

Interested in finding out more? You can read more about the project by following this link, or by contacting  Adrian Conway (Executive manager, e-mail: adrian.conway[at]dublincity.ie) or Gerry O'Connell (Engineer-in-charge, e-mail: gerry.oconnell[at]dublincity.ie)

Pluvial flood depth map for the Dublin City Area

Dublin's member of the UWA2030 Core Group

John W Flanagan (City Engineer)

Dr John W Flanagan has thirty years of experience in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of transport and municipal infrastructure, with a current remit encompassing Dublin City’s road transport system, surface water network, flood management, and river basin management.


Quick facts on Dublin

Location within country

Dublin is the Capital City of the Republic of Ireland and sits on the east coast on the Irish Sea at the mouth of the River Liffey.

Number of inhabitants

Municipality: 553,165 (2016) 

Metropolitan area: 1,173,179 (2016)

Main economic sectors

- Financial Services
- Tourism and Manufacturing

Source/s of water supply

River Liffey and River Vartry

Main utilities providing water and waste water services

Irish Water with support from Local Authorities

More information: http://www.dublincity.ie/

Updated: September 2017