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The Alliance of Community-Owned Water Services in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges Based on the Irish Perspective

National Federation of Group Water Schemes, 24 Old Cross Square, H18 NX30 Monaghan, Ireland
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Water 2021, 13(22), 3181; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223181
Received: 30 September 2021 / Revised: 28 October 2021 / Accepted: 1 November 2021 / Published: 10 November 2021
The foundation of the Alliance of Community-Owned Water Services in Europe (ACOWAS-EU), established during the consultation period for the 2020 recast of the European Drinking Water Directive, has shone a new light on community-owned drinking water supplies (CoDWS). CoDWS are drinking water supplies that are administered, managed, and owned by the local community membership that each supply serves. This paper reviews the presence of CoDWS within the five founding regions of ACOWAS-EU—Austria, Denmark, Finland, Galicia in Spain, and Ireland—and the co-operative model structure that underpins the sector. Although the co-operative structure for CoDWS has been prominent since the mid-20th century (and sometimes even earlier), there is a dearth of research into the sector’s importance and existence in an international context. Through a detailed case study, the Irish CoDWS sector (known in Ireland as the group water scheme sector) is analysed in depth, in terms of both its evolution and the opportunities and challenges it faces today. Areas, such as water quality, biodiversity, education, and community-involvement are discussed in particular, providing key learnings that may also be of benefit to the other CoDWS sectors within ACOWAS-EU and further afield. View Full-Text
Keywords: drinking water; community-owned drinking water supplies (CoDWS); co-operatives; community drinking water; community-owned drinking water supplies (CoDWS); co-operatives; community
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Deane, B.; Mac Domhnaill, B. The Alliance of Community-Owned Water Services in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges Based on the Irish Perspective. Water 2021, 13, 3181. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223181

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Deane B, Mac Domhnaill B. The Alliance of Community-Owned Water Services in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges Based on the Irish Perspective. Water. 2021; 13(22):3181. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223181

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Deane, Barry, and Brian Mac Domhnaill. 2021. "The Alliance of Community-Owned Water Services in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges Based on the Irish Perspective" Water 13, no. 22: 3181. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223181

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