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					Rural Water Programme
        2006
Evaluation of Progress

      Jim Ganley
     Water Services
              Findings of the
         European Court of Justice
   Ireland failed to fulfil its obligations under
    the Drinking Water Direstive by
    – failure to ensure compliance with the
      microbiological parameters in certain public
      and group water schemes.
    – failure to reflect binding character of the
      Directive in relation to Group Schemes.
   Article 228(1) of the Treaty establishing the
    EC
    – if the ECJ finds that a Member State has failed
      to fulfil an obligation under the Treaty, the
      State is required to take the necessary measures
      to comply with the judgement of the Court.
   Article 228 letter to the Minister for Foreign
    Affairs states

    – 28% of Group Schemes non-compliant with E-Coli
      parameters
    – 47% non-compliant with total coliform parameters
    – Ireland currently non-compliant with ECJ judgement
    – Ireland failing to fulfil its obligations under Article 228
      (1) of the Treaty
                  PENALTIES

   European Commission may refer a case to
    the ECJ and specify the level of sanction /
    penalty to be imposed, including

    – amount of lump sum
    – amount of penalty (daily fines)
    – amount of both
            Rural Water Programme
A multi-annual programme of Investment
 to upgrade the quality and efficiency of rural water
  services
 Provision of €644 under the NDP 2000-2006
 ERDF co-financing under the Regional O.P.’s
    – BMW Regional OP - €34.82m
    – S&E Regional OP - €23.17m
   Funding of €145 in 2006
   Block Grant Allocations to County Councils of €133m.
    Rural Water Action Plan 2003- 2006


Drawn up in response to

   • National / EU Drinking Water Legislation

   • Findings of European Court of Justice

   • Water Services Bill and Regulation Requirements

   • Government Commitment to Rural / Regional Development
     and improvement in Water Services.
               Action Plan 2003- 2006
                      1,293 Group Water Schemes

 623 Private Source                                  670 connected to the
                                                         Public Main

                429 require upgrading                    Improved O&M
                                                         Chlorine Residual

   240             142                       194
Treatment /     Connect to       47      Disinfection
Disinfection    the Public                     /
   DBO /          Main        Takeover   Sterilisation
 Bundling
            Action Plan Summary
               Position at September 2004

   Provide Treatment / Disinfection        -   240
   Connect to Public Main                  -   142
   Takeover by Local Authority             -    47
   Disinfection / Sterilisation            -   194
   Total projects for completion by 2006       623
Rural Water Programme 2005 – Physical Progress
               Schemes with a Private Source
                           637

      Compliant        233        404     Non-Compliant

   Identified Solutions
   DBO                              263
   Connecting to Public Main        154
   Takeover                          61
   Disinfection / Sterilisation     159
                                    637
     Rural Water Programme 2006

             Position at 8 June 2006

–   Provide Treatment / Disinfection    280
–   Connect to the Public Main          122
–   Takeover by Local Authority          60
–   Disinfection / Sterilisation        119

– Total Projects                        581
       Rural Water Programme 2006
             Submissions / Forecasts

 282 individual group schemes to be upgraded
 70 new DBO plants to be completed by end
  2006
 77 new DBO plants to be advanced, half
  getting to construction in 2006
 190 schemes to be linked to public water
  supply networks
 194 schemes to get improved disinfection
                                  All Parameters                Treatment Type
                   Number of                                                       Disinfection /
 Local Authority   Schemes     CompliantNon-compliantDBO Non-DBO CTPM Takeover     Streilisation    Public Supply
CARLOW                11          4           7       3     0      1     0               1                6
CAVAN                 28          12         16    28      0      0           0          0               0
CLARE                 13          2          11     7      0      2           0          3               1
CORK NTH              12          5          7      0      3      1           0          8               0
CORK STH              14          11         3      0      6      1           2          0               5
CORK WEST              7          3          4      0      0      0           5          2               0
DONEGAL               36          16         20     0      2      17          0          1               16
GALWAY                178        119         59    70      2      25          23         7               51
KERRY                 12          12         0      0      5      4           0          2               1
KILDARE                5          5          0      1      0      2           0          2               0
KILKENNY              25          23         2      4      0      0           2         15               4
LAOIS                 13          6          7      3      0      3           2          3               2
LEITRIM               29          7          22     2      1      8           3          1               14
LIMERICK              57          23         34    19      0      10          8          6               14
LONGFORD               6          0          6      0      0      3           0          2               1
LOUTH                  9          7          2      0      0      0           0          8               1
MAYO                  111         25         86    42      0      41          4          9               15
MEATH                  5          4          1      1      0      0           0          1               3
MONAGHAN              13          7          6     11      1      0           0          0               1
NTH TIPPERARY         41          40         1      0      0      0           1         39               1
OFFALY                19          17         2     15      0      1           0          1               2
ROSCOMMON             34          22         12    29      0      0           0          0               5
SLIGO                 16          3          13    13      0      0           0          0               3
STH TIPPERARY          3          2          1      0      0      0           1          2               0
WATERFORD              4          1          3      0      0      1           1          2               0
WESTMEATH              2          1          1      0      0      0           0          2               0
WEXFORD               10          4          6      5      1      0           2          2               0
WICKLOW               14          1          13     6      0      2           6          0               0


                      727        382         345   259     21     122         60        119              146




                      727              727                              581                              146
      Water Quality Monitoring

 NRWMC monitoring programme ended in
  Jan 2005
 Gaps apparent in 2005 monitoring
  programme – must be plugged in 2006
 No other way of demonstrating progress
  with Action Plan and ECJ requirements
 Must be fully compatible with new
  DWNMP.
                         No. of       No of Te sts   No. of Te sts
      County            Sche me s        2005            2006

       Carlow                    5              19              14
       Cavan                    82             157              95
        Clare                   113            218            141
    Cork (North)                18              18              14
    Cork (South)                 9              16               9
    Cork (We s t)                7              89            121
      Done gal                  144           2298            334
Dun Laoire / Rathdown            0               0               0
       Fingal                    0               0               0
       Galw  ay                 282            515            115
       Ke rry                   55             237              55
       Kildare                   5              18               7
      Kilke nny                 26             104              31
        Laois           18/38                  224            105
       Le itrim                 102           3636            194
      Lime rick                 98              98              58
      Longford                  57             134              67
       Louth                     9              39              10
       M ayo                    119            315              40
       M e ath                   2              13               5
     M onaghan                  14              94              68
  North Tippe rary      42/42                  153            119
       Offaly                   19             240            112
     Ros common                 55             113              17
        Sligo                   31             424               0
    South Dublin                 0               0               0
   South Tippe rary
     Wate rford                  4               4               0
     We s tme ath               41               9              42
      We xford                  10              40              11
      Wicklow                   17             476            216

				
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