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COUNCIL ACHIEVES 99.4% COMPLIANCE WITH DRINKING WATER SUPPLY STANDARDS

 

 

Cork County Council today welcomed the publication by the EPA of its report on the Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland for the year 2010. The report indicates an overall rate of 99.4% compliance with drinking water standards serving a population of 307,473 . In particular the Council welcomed the fact that the high compliance rate achieved in 2009 was sustained in 2010.

 

The high level of compliance is due to improved operational management supported by the significant investment in treatment plants including upgrading of existing plant and controls. Further improvements require the continuation of targeted investment on specific schemes to meet increasing standards specified in the 2007 Regulations.

 

The Council was directed by the EPA in 2010 to ensure that there was adequate disinfection to World Health Organisation standard in all supplies. The Council is investing approx €0.5m to ensure that this is being achieved.

 

The Council stated that it had made considerable progress in implementing an out of hours response to chlorine alarms and that it plans to have the system in place in early 2012.

 

Lead mains and services were replaced in Cobh (Glashaboy Supply) in 2011 and funding of €0.6m has been approved for replacement of lead mains and communal services in Mallow in 2012. However the water restriction notice in respect of Cobh remains in place as a sufficient number of householders have yet to replace their private lead services.

 

Under Drinking Water Regulations introduced in March 2007 the Council has a supervisory role in respect of private group water schemes and small private supplies e.g. food premises, schools, crèches etc. This responsibility involves a regime of sampling and follow-up action as prescribed in the regulations and represents a significant claim on the Council's resources.

 

The Council acknowledges that in the 26 private group water schemes in the county there was only one scheme recording E Coli in 2010.

 

The Council will continue to work in a proactive manner with over 300 smaller private suppliers, crèches, schools etc, to ensure that their supplies meet required standards.

 

The protection of water supply sources in the county is vitally important. The Council wishes to acknowledge the cooperation of all stakeholders farming, industry, householders, forestry and other sectors in protecting our water sources.

 

The Council stated that it had established a dedicated countywide Water Services Directorate in 2011 in order to provide an enhanced focus on water services issues.

 

In conclusion the Council stated that it has demonstrated a continued willingness to have its performance in the supply and monitoring of water quality throughout the County measured, and wishes to acknowledge the contribution of Elected Members, Council Staff, the HSE and the EPA in achieving the high standards in 2010

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Tom O'Sullivan

Communications Coordinator

Corporate, Community and Emergency Services

Cork County Council

Floor 14, County Hall, Cork Posted 01/12/11

 

AGRICULTURAL PAYMENTS

The Dept of Ag pays out to farmers in relation to SFP sooner than any other EU country. We borrow the money in order to pay early, most other European countries pay out in January.

SPS:
Paid this week: 2,620 farmers €16.55 million.
Total paid to date:  113,133 farmers  €570.3 million.
Approximately 10,000 remaining to be paid. The average payment is €10,000 (includes Advance and Balancing). The balancing payments will commence on Thursday 1 st December.
Disadvantaged Areas Scheme
Paid this week: 2,171 farmers €4.8 million
Total paid to date:  92,605 farmers €204.1  million.
Approximately 7,000 applicants under the DAS Scheme are not clear for payment. The average DAS payment is approximately €2,200
. Posted 29/11/2011

 

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