Infrastructure

The provision of adequate infrastructure is essential for Limerick to function,now and into the future. The term ‘infrastructure’ encompasses water and wastewater, transport, energy, telecommunications and waste management.

One of the key challenges is the ability to address and keep pace with the infrastructural demands of the growing City and County while safeguarding public health and managing the protection of key environmental resources.

Limerick has a large number of dispersed towns and villages, many of whom have capacity issues in both water supply and waste water disposal.

Limerick City and County Council supports a low carbon economy and the use of renewable energy for a cleaner future. Renewable energy comes in many forms including wind energy, solar energy or biomass. Development of alternative energy sources is a priority at National and European level.

The Plan will identify policies for the provision of energy from renewable and indigenous sources in line with National Policy and targets for reducing dependency on fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases.

12

Solar Farms permitted – output capacity of 113.49 MW

15

Windfarms in Limerick 205.75 MW total output

45%

settlement that have a public water supply have some capacity

51,140

households (72%) signed up to a waste collection service (2019)

38%

of treatment plants have some capacity

Team Limerick Clean Up: 21,000 volunteers from 646 volunteer groups. 91 tonnes of litter equating to 3,600 wheelie bins of rubbish

Consider the following questions:

How can we encourage use of renewable energy sources?

How can the Development Plan improve and support the provision of essential services and infrastructure?

Are there adequate public recycling facilities and services in Limerick?

What measures can be introduced to protect and safeguard the water quality of our rivers and groundwater?

 

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