In September 2015 the recruitment campaign began. Both domestic consumers and organisations were invited to submit an application to become a member of the Public Water Forum.
A total of 20 domestic members were selected from the completed applications received. The selection of members was carried out randomly, but was carried out in way that would ensure that they were representative of Irish society generally; balanced in terms of gender, age and region and reflective of the urban and rural population.
At least two people from each age category
At least five men and at least five women
At least three people from each location category
At least five people from an urban location and five from a rural location
At least five registered Irish Water customers and at least five unregistered people
Domestic members have been appointed for an initial term of three years and a reserve panel has also been created should any members no longer be able to fulfill the role.
As well as domestic members, the Forum contains 12 members from specific sectors. These were recruited at the same time as the domestic members and there is one organisational member from each of the following sectors:
The interests of the consumer
The interests of those persons providing or occupying social housing
The interests of those persons owning or occupying private rented housing
The interests of the member organisations of the Community and Voluntary Pillar
Those with a disability
The interests of the environment
The interests of industry
The interests of agriculture and rural affairs
The interests of tourism and recreation
The interests of the education sector
The interests of the group water sector
The interests of the trade union movement