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Report
Water Services National Training Group
and
National Federation of Group Water Schemes
7th Annual Rural Water Services
Conference
18th September 2008
7th Annual
Rural Water Services Conference
Rural Water Investment Programme 2008
Progress Report
Carthage Cusack
Dept of Environment, Heritage &
Local Government
GROUP WATER SCHEMES
Private Source = 728
Households = 88,300
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> 10 m3 ( 50 persons)
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Commercial or public activity
GROUP WATER SCHEMES - 728
Schemes
Households
Annex 14
451
65,400
Addtl since
Annex 14
277
22,900
Total
728
88,300
Compliance – Ecoli.
Schemes
Yes
728(All)
637 87.5%
DCs
88,344 82,379 93.3%
No
91 12.5%
5,928 6.7%
European Court of Justice
Findings
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Ireland failed to fulfil its obligations under the
Drinking Water Directive by
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failure to ensure compliance with the
microbiological parameters in certain public and
group water schemes.
Article 228(1) of the Treaty establishing the
EC
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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.
The commission issued Reasoned Opinion under
(Article 228 of the Treaty) in relation to the case
on 21st March, 2007.
Article 228 of the treaty gives the Commission
power to act against a Member State that does
not comply with a previous judgement of the
European Court of Justice.
The article also allows the Commission to ask the
Court to impose a financial penalty on the
Member State concerned.
PENALTIES
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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
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Completion of DBO Projects 2009
3 Bundled Projects
 Galway No2 , Mayo No2 & Roscommon
 82 Group Schemes 4 Public Supplies
 9,800 DCs on groups
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Rural Water Programme Progress
2008
Subsidy
Strand
Review Completed
A:
Subsidy towards the general operational and
management costs of all Group Water
Schemes.
€70.00 per annum for each house supplied
from a local authority source;
€140.00 per annum for each house
supplied from a private source.
Strand B:
Subsidy towards the costs of “bona fide”
Operational & Maintenance (O&M) /Design Build
Operate (DBO) contracts.
The amount recoupable under this strand of
subsidy will cover the Fixed Charge applicable to
the provision of services to domestic consumers
on group water schemes operating under bona
fide DBO / O&M contracts.
This strand of subsidy will also meet the
Volumetric Charge for water supplied for use by
domestic consumers only.
Effective Date of implementation - current year.
Detailed guidance is being prepared and will issue
to Local Authorities in next few weeks
Rural Water Programme
2008
Financial Progress
Rural Water Programme 2008
Allocated
€M
DBO :
25.13
Adv. DBO
26.09
Connect Public mains
6.11
Takeover
21.16
New
10.00
Upgrade
13.36
Small Schemes
23.15
EPA (RAL)
10.00
Total
135.00
Drawn
€M
%
9.00
35.8
15.78
60.5
0.68 11.2
6.01
28.4
3.61
36.2
3.76
28.1
9.21
39.8
0.00
48.05 38.45
No claims from 6 Councils (Sept. 17)
Changed Recoupment Procedures
( CircL7/08 14th July 2008)
Expenditure only basis
Claims in excess of €50,000
Allocations non-transferable between
measures
 Additional allocations are unlikely
 Admin Costs - Realistic claims –
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Based on County % of National Activity
Liaison Officers Salaries
Identify where monies will be un-drawn asap
Water Services National Training Group
and
National Federation of Group Water Schemes
7th Annual Rural Water Services
Conference
18th September 2008

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