Water meter installation in 2014
The Social Democrats have tabled a Dáil Motion seeking to bring Irish Water under the remit of the Comptroller and Auditor General and calling on the Government ‘to commit to holding a referendum on the ownership of Irish Water’.
That Dáil Éireann: recognises that:
Irish Water is a fully State funded entity; currently Irish Water does not fall under the remit of the Comptroller and Auditor General for financial oversight and audit purposes; serious concerns exist regarding the current operation of Irish Water; and the recent boil water notices, and the inadequate responses of Irish Water, have led to grave concerns for the sustainability of a safe water supply in the future.
We call on the Government to: amend the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993, to bring Irish Water under the auspices of the Comptroller and Auditor General making it amenable to all reporting guidelines and inspection and audit powers of that Office as provided for in the Act; and commit to the holding of a referendum on the pub lic ownership of Irish Water.
The party are contesting the upcoming by-elections in Dublin Mid-West and Fingal, both areas affected by the recent boil water notices.
Dublin West Soc Dem candidate Anne-Marie McNally said:
“The most recent boil water notices affecting parts of Lucan, Clondalkin and Palmerstown have just added to what has been a long running issue with the water supply to some of these areas. In recent years the water supply was changed from Ballymore Eustace to the Leixlip plant and for the past number of years residents have mounted a campaign to restore the original supply.
We now have issues with cloudy water, a strange smell from the water and a very unpalatable taste. Many people also talk about the impact on the damage that the water is causing to their home appliances.
People need to trust their water supply and until Irish Water is in public ownership, I just don’t think that we will be possible.”
How the ‘monster sewage plant’ in Clonshaugh will look
Plans for a €500 million waste water treatment plant in north Dublin have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.
The facility which local residents labelled a “monster sewage plant” provoked 14,000 objections…
…The permission allows for a 12km outfall pipeline to bring the treated wastewater from there to Baldoyle and out to sea for discharge around 1km north east of Ireland’s Eye.
…Local residents, farmers, water sport clubs and environmentalists had opposed the plan fearing the effect on the local land and the sea.
In particular they questioned the effect on Dublin Bay’s UNESCO designation and in particular Ireland’s Eye which will be near the outfall.
€500m ‘monster sewage plant’ gets go ahead in Dublin (RTÉ)
Earlier: Sewer Would You Get It?
Slightly Bemused writes:
I thought this might be of longer term interest. Given the current boil water notice in Kildare where drinking the water may cause stomach problems, I found it amusing to get this letter in my door today where they are looking to fix the sewerage network in my town. While this work does need to be done, the timing is very funny.
To be fair, it is good to see that they are addressing the known problems. But it also means that just as I got my back garden under control after the last time they dug it up, it is likely to be dug up again…
Earlier: Go To The Source
Leixlip, County Kildare.
Glum scenes at the very gloomy Leixlip Water Treatment Plant from where a boil water notice was re-issued for parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath due to “bad weather” less than a fortnight after the last one was lifted.
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has revealed the Government considered shutting-off the water supply for homes and businesses that receive their water from this plant, but decided a boil water notice would be less inconvenient.
Yesterday: On The Boil
The problem has resulted from very heavy rainfall which has washed large amounts of organic matter into reservoirs, increasing the turbidity – or ‘cloudiness’ – of the source water above acceptable levels.
The older of two water treatment plants at the Leixlip facility has been unable to react fast enough to deal with the rise in turbidity.
However, that older plant produces 20% of the drinking water for the entire greater Dublin area and there is insufficient capacity elsewhere to replace it.
Irish Water said the areas impacted were the same in a previous boil water notice issued last month.
It includes parts of Fingal, areas in Dublin City Council, parts of South Dublin County Council, parts of Kildare and Dunboyne in Meath.
Boil water notice reissued for 600,000 people (RTÉ)
Finglas, Dublin 11
Empty shelves after much of the bottled water was bought from Tesco Clearwater as over 600,000 consumers await an updated from Irish Water.
Irish Water cannot confirm how long the boil water notice will remain in force in parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath but stressed that public safety remains the priority.
Irish Water says the areas affected include: Artane, Ashtown, Balbriggan, Baldoyle, Ballyboghill, Celbridge, Clonee, Clonsilla, Coolock, Coolquoy, Corduff, Darndale, Donabate, Dunboyne, Finglas, Garristown, Glasnevin, Howth, Kilbarrack, Kilclone, Killester, Kinsaley, Leixlip, Lusk, Malahide, Maynooth, Naul, Palmerstown, Poppintree, Ronanstown, Rush, Skerries, St Margaret’s, Straffan, Sutton and Swords.
Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water said the HSE will ultimately make a decision based on EPA findings of water samples…
Boil notice remains for parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath (RTE)
A petition by [Dublin City] Councillor Chris Andrews calling on the Irish government and Irish Water/Ervia to stop breaching the European Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD), to fix the problems which are causing wastewater overflows, and give us a safe, clean and healthy Dublin Bay.
Previously: The Brown Water Is Back
A discharge from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant into Dublin Bay earlier this year
Irish Water has announced in a press release:
Irish Water is carrying out essential maintenance works at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in the coming days in order to reduce the risk of odours from the plant.
These works are essential maintenance works on one of the odour control units at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, and involve replacing carbon odour control media to ensure any odours generated in the primary clarifiers are effectively treated.
There may be intermittent odours while these works are carried out.
The works will start immediately and will take approximately five days. Irish Water would like to apologise for any odours that arise while the work is being carried out.
Previously: ‘Further Discharges Expected’
Pic: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots
Via Highland Radio:
There’s further concern in Donegal over new rules applying to installing water connections.
It emerged that a man living in West Donegal has been quoted almost 70 thousand euro by Irish Water to get a connection from his new house to the water main, short distance away.
It follows similar claims made earlier this week at the latest sitting of Donegal County Council, with calls for a special workshop to take place to discuss the issue.
However, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has requested an emergency meeting with Irish Water saying that this cannot be allowed to continue…
Further concern in Donegal over new rules to install water connections (Highland Radio)
Illustration: Irish Water
Former Fine Gael junior minister Fergus O’Dowd describes efforts to privatise Irish Water by unseen forces.