Last minutes for this SPC

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Last minutes for this SPC

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This SPC may no longer exist but here are its last meeting minutes. If people are anxious that this subject continue to brought to the County Council as a policy issue then join this forum and express your concerns. That alone will form the basis for a linkage group.
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MINUTES OF MEETING OF WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 20th NOVEMBER, 2013, IN THE I.T. MEETING ROOM, ÁRAS AN CHONTAE, CASTLEBAR


Present: - Cllr. Tom Connolly, Chairman
Cllr. Eugene Lavin
Cllr. Rose Conway-Walsh
Ms. Lucy Bingham McAndrew, Environmental Rep.
Mr. Darren McHugh
Mr. Paddy Mahon, Director of Services
Mr. Noel Burke, Senior Engineer
Ms. Mary Palmer, Assistant Staff Officer


1. Adoption of Minutes

Proposed By: - Cllr. E. Lavin
Seconded By: - Cllr. R. Conway-Walsh
Resolved: - “That the Minutes of Meeting of the Water Supply and Sewerage Strategic Policy Committee held on 25th June, 2013, be adopted”.

There were no matters arising from these Minutes.

1. Update on Irish Water

Mr. Paddy Mahon informed the members of the up to date position regarding Irish Water as follows:-

Mayo County Council’s water and waste water assets of over €800 million will be transferred to Irish Water on 1st January, 2014. Liabilities such as loans, debts and pensions for Council Staff have yet to be agreed and will be taken over on a phased basis;
Mayo County Council will continue to deliver water and waste water services under a Service Level Agreement with Irish Water;
Each Local Authority to have an Annual Service Plan – is a series of objectives to be agreed with Irish Water to ensure that drinking water is being provided to an acceptable standard;

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Training of Staff over the next few weeks;
Liaison Officer to assist the Council in the transition and planning required to deal with the changes to Irish Water;
The water meters are currently being installed in Castlebar and Westport and it is expected a significant amount to be installed in the County in the next year.

A full discussion took place between the members.

2. Update on Drinking Water Incidents,

Mr. Noel Burke, Senior Engineer, outlined to the members the current position on Water and Sewerage Schemes under the Council’s Capital Programme. He also outlined how Irish Water will control water services, but the Council will still provide services locally.

Cllr. E. Lavin complimented and thanked Mr. P. Mahon, Director of Services and Mr. N. Burke, S. E., on their good work in improving the water quality in Kiltimagh.

Cllr. Austin F. O’Malley also expressed his thanks to Mr. Conrad Harley, S.E.E., for his work on the Westport Schemes.

The following issues were raised by the members:-

Publishing of legislation on 1st January, 2014;
Consistency of water quality assessment;
Water fees to be paid by pubic and private schemes;
Environmental representation with Irish Water.

Mr. P. Mahon, Director of Services, informed the members that the water quality assessment will still be carried out in accordance with the EPA and their guidelines.




The Meeting concluded at 16.30 p.m.


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