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Thursday 2 October 2014

County-by-county guide to problems

Published 15/05/2014 | 02:30

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A STAGGERING 680 million litres of water a day are being lost across the network due to leaks in the system
A STAGGERING 680 million litres of water a day are being lost across the network due to leaks in the system

DUBLIN

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DUN LAOGHAIRE/ RATHDOWN

High leakage rates in large parts of the county, but detection is dependent on staff and financial resources being made available. Just two out of four posts filled.

FINGAL

There is high leakage in 20 water supply zones. Updating of data on assets has stopped due to a lack of resouces.

DUBLIN CITY

High leakage in more than 100 drinking water zones, in part because 800kms of pipes in the city is more than 100 years old.

Concerns about a lack of a contingency fund in case of emergencies, with the council warning it "may not be able" to respond to potential emergency situations.

"Major capital investment" needed.

SOUTH DUBLIN

All plant and machinery operating well, with 478 public leaks identified and repaired last year.

LEINSTER

CARLOW

Warnings about possible industrial unrest, while staff have withdrawn cooperation from after-hours services. Just 127 of 225 leaks identified were repaired, and future investment in this area depends on funding.

KILDARE

Complaints about a "lack of consultation" about Irish Water's new procedures – 29 plants are of concern, and there is a need for more preventative maintenance instead of reacting to events.

Just 275 of the 760 leaks were repaired.

KILKENNY

Some 21 wastewater plants do not have licences to discharge into waters and there is insufficient staff for enforcements and there is a need to move to planned maintenance works.

LAOIS

There has been no leak detection team since 2008, meaning it is "difficult to verify the integrity of the water infrastructure" before it is taken in charge by the county.

Information about the sewer networks is "often insufficient", due to a lack of funds. Fewer staff has had a "major impact" on performance. The system is "heavily reliant" on local knowledge held by water staff.

LONGFORD

Water sources are not being protected, heightening the risk of drinking water contamination. Concerns about six drinking water and nine wastewater plants due to non-compliance or excessive leakage.

LOUTH

Some 459 of the 553 leaks on the public main were repaired in 2012.

MEATH

Concerns about staffing levels and training not being completed. In all, concerns about 34 plants or water networks for leakage or non-compliance.

OFFALY

Some 1,900 leaks identified, of which 1,750 were repaired.

WESTMEATH

Poor plant design has led to problems, and the council is concerned that a 1.5pc cut in payroll will impact on services.

WEXFORD

Concerns about 26 drinking water plants, but warnings about many others.

The water section is under-resourced, and there is an issue with the quality of hydrants throughout the county.

WICKLOW

Warnings of possible strike action from staff.

In one part of the county, almost 1.6bn litres of water is being lost every year.

There are no resources to complete water safety plans and surveys.

And there is a lack of in-house skills to maintenance and repairs in some parts of the county.

WEXFORD

The water section is under-resourced, and there is an issue with the quality of hydrants throughout the county.

MUNSTER

CLARE

Concerns about one leakage from drinking water supply area. Six wastewater plants are also of concern.

There is a need to complete a water safety plan, but it will require additional resources.

CORK CITY

The council is losing 228 million litres of water a year due to leaks. Some 17 networks have problems, and there are concerns about both wastewater treatment plants.

CORK COUNTY

Some 160 drinking and wastewater plants and networks are of concern. Some 2,500 leaks occurred, and there are no water safety plans in place.

KERRY

Water sources need to be protected, and the network is "problematic". Claims there are "insufficient funds in 2014 budget to address these items, leaving a funding shortfall to deliver the services".

Concerns about 56 drinking water and 32 wastewater systems.

LIMERICK CITY

There is "insufficient knowledge" and mapping of infrastructure, including the condition of sewers. "High levels" of expertise are being lost.

LIMERICK COUNTY

High level loss of expertise, with possible impact on service levels. IT systems not suitable for needs, and insufficient records of some assets.

Some 13 drinking water schemes not compliant with standards, and 38 wastewater plants.

More than 1,000 leaks were identified in 2012.

NORTH TIPPERARY

Fewer staff due to merger with South Tipperary council, and there has been "inadequate time" to develop competency of new recruits.

Just 302 of 424 leaks were repaired, and alarms are not fitted in some schemes, which would warn of a problem.

SOUTH TIPPERARY

The council claims to have 10pc of the national water network but is not "adequately resourced" for an "ever-growing backlog of small leaks".

Just 612 of 737 leaks were repaired in the area.

WATERFORD CITY

Concerns about a lack of staff and possible industrial action. No issues with water quality, but leakage a concern.

WATERFORD COUNTY

Concerns about a "deterioration" in performance of front-line staff due to changeover to Irish Water systems, with disputes between the council and company.

CONNACHT

GALWAY CITY

Very high number of leaks, with 4.16 per km of pipe every year - among the highest in the country.

GALWAY COUNTY

In some cases, leaks are taking over a year to repair. "Desirable aspects of maintenance not fully performed"

LEITRIM

Leak detection only began in 2013, and laboratories to test water "not always fully staffed".

MAYO

Some 70 drinking water plants and 19 wastewater facilities are of concern. There is no monitoring of some assets.

ROSCOMMON

Major problems with contamination and leakage. 26,500 people with boil water notices in place.

SLIGO

Concerns about leakage in the county, and little or no enforcement.

Dampness issues reported in one depot.

ULSTER

CAVAN

"Ongoing serious issues" in some plants. Maintenance is "mainly reactive" after problems occur. Concerns about staff and resources being made available to identify and take action in relation to high-risk health and safety issues.

An analysis of condition of assets "limited" due resources.

DONEGAL

Lack of inspectors to deal with health and safety issues, and problems in 42 wastewater plants.

MONAGHAN

The council has no health and safety management system in place. Assets are not catalogued in "any ordered way", and there is no plan in place in the event of a major incident.

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