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DkIT celebrates World Water Day with launch of ‘Our Community Our Water Project’

23 March 2017

'Our Community, Our Water’ is an exciting new project that aims to empower local communities to protect and improve the quality of their local drinking water sources.  This pilot project is being launched by the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) today on World Water Day. A research team, including Suzanne Linnane, Alec Rolston, and Kelsey Hammond, will work alongside local groups and statutory agencies in five pilot group water scheme catchments in Counties Cavan, Louth, and Monaghan.  Our Community, Our Water will work with all sectors of the local communities on a variety of projects and will provide opportunities for community members to become involved in local water management.

March 22nd was designated by the U.N. as World Water Day in an attempt to highlight awareness of the 663 million people worldwide who live without easy access to clean, safe drinking water. Although we rely on our waterbodies in Ireland for agriculture, industry, recreation, and as a source of drinking water, many of our freshwater resources are impacted. The legacy of our current and past actions means that if we stopped polluting our water bodies today, it would take decades before they returned to a natural, unpolluted state.  In order to help improve water quality, communities must come together and take action. There have been several cases in Ireland, where coordinated community action has helped to revive the health of our water systems.

 



Several community events are planned from April and May across the pilot areas with further details to follow.  This pilot phase will continue until summer of 2018. The community engagement initiatives from the Our Community, Our Water pilot will also be available to other communities, who wish to improve the quality of their local drinking water sources.

For queries, comments, or ways to get involved email Kelsey Hammond, the Co-ordinator of the 'Our Community Our Water' project, at kelsey.hammond@dkit.ie. Or follow the Our Community, Our Water Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.

The ‘Our Community, Our Water’ project is managed by the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies at DkIT which is part of the Institute’s School of Health and Science. To find out more about courses offered by this School please visit: https://www.dkit.ie/health-science