Strategic Water Initiative

Local Authority Name: Cavan County Council

Project Name: Cavan County Council / Erne Valley Group Water Scheme Partnership

Project Description:
The group scheme movement began with the simple concept of neighbors working together to provide piped water supplies in rural Irish communities. Two schemes Garty Lough and Bruskey/Killydoon were formed in mid-70. In time the need for this drinking water to meet EU standards became imperative. With the encouragement of Cavan County Council the schemes merged as Erne Valley in 2005. In total 7million in funding was provided via Cavan Co Co Rural Water Programme for the provision of new treatment plant, reservoirs and pipelines.. Cavan Co Co provided Engineering supervision on the project in conjunction with Tobins. These works resulted in provision of quality drinking water to EU Standards & also significant reduction of 56% in daily water demand, resulting in significant savings. Following on from this Phase the GWS has facilitated Cavan Co Co by providing a quality supply to its Public Supplies in Arva, Gowna and Killeshandra. Thus obviating the necessity,for separate and expensive treatment plants.

Local Authority Name:  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Project Name: Shanganagh Bray Main Drainage Scheme

Project Description:
The Shanganagh Bray Main Drainage Scheme which provides upgraded wastewater treatment for the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown South and Bray areas. The four year project employed up to 140 people and required a capital investment of €98.5 million by central government and the local Authorities involved. The works undertaken include the upgrading of the existing Shanganagh Wastewater Treatment Works and the laying of a pipeline from Bray Pumping Station to the new Shanganagh plant to bring wastewater for treatment. The project is highly sustainable with gases produced in the treatment process captured and used to generate power for the plant while the rainwater collection system allows water collected from the roof of the treatment plant to be harvested and used in the adjoining community gardens.

Local Authority Name: Limerick County Council ***WINNER***

Project Name:    Kilmallock Water Supply, pioneering a new approach to risk reduction and international certification for potable water in Ireland through ISO 24512:2007.

Project Description:
Limerick County Council has become the first Irish recipient of a prestigious internationally recognised quality standard for the delivery of drinking water. The Council has achieved ISO 24512:2007 certification for its management of the Kilmallock Water Treatment Scheme, which serves 2,500 customers in South County Limerick.

The standard is awarded by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) member body for the Republic of Ireland. 

Ireland as a trading nation must compete on the international stage.  Businesses competing against international competition must be supported by public services which are equally capable of matching best international practices. Limerick County Council by being the first local authority to receive certification to ISO 24512 has underlined their commitment to quality services for individuals and businesses and is leading by example. 

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