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Water resources are under pressure in many parts of Europe

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According to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) water resources are under pressure in many parts of Europe and the EEA warns that inefficient water use can have a serious impact on the resources needed by businesses and can seriously hamper EU productivity and security.

As a result its ‘Towards Efficient use of water resources in Europe’ report calls for integrated water management and for better implementation of existing legislation, noting that water shortages have “severe consequences for economies reliant on agriculture and industry”.

EEA executive director Jacqueline McGlade warns that “water resources are under pressure in many parts of Europe, and it is getting worse”, adding that “with climate change making water supply less predictable, it is extremely important that Europe uses water more efficiently for the benefit of all its users”.

As a result the EEA, calls for water resources to be managed as “effectively as any other natural asset owned by countries” and for authorities to set clear environmental targets for water use.

It also argues that water prices in Europe have “rarely reflected the true financial cost of supplying water” or the economic costs to the environment, which it says causes water pollution and scarcity. To counter this it suggests that “putting the right price on water can incentivise more efficient use of water and technological innovation”.

This echoes yesterday’s announcement that parts of the UK are now in drought and that seven water companies will be implementing water restrictions from April 5.   Source: Edie.net

World Water Day 2012

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March 22nd 2012 is World Water Day. Do you know how much water you actually consume every day? How can you change your diet and reduce your water footprint? Join the World Water Day 2012 campaign “Water and Food Security” and find out more!

Every drop counts. Irish supermarkets take note……

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J Sainsbury plc : Every drop counts.

On Monday 20th February, Sainsbury’s held a Corporate Responsibility dinner which focused on the water used by their suppliers and customers.

In Sainsbury’s stores, the greatest use of water is through flushing toilets and washing hands, followed closely by consumption in both customer cafes and colleague restaurants and then through the fresh food counters and bakeries. Water is also used for cleaning and watering plants in the landscaping around the store. Larger stores with petrol stations often have car washes and although these use significant amounts of water, the good news is that it’s recycled.

Whenever Sainsbury set about challenging themselves to make a reduction, they always start by making sure they are clear on how much water is used in the first place. This is important, as to make a saving you have to start by truly measuring what you use; this is where they have focused their efforts, by installing automatic meters and closely examining billed usage on a store by store basis.

Checking their water billing against automatic metering raised significant numbers of queries and led to quite a number of leaks being identified and stopped quickly. Sainsbury have established that the cost of fitting meters has been offset by the savings they have made from eliminating leaks.

Sainsbury also installed toilets that only flush 4.5 litres of the 6 litres in a cistern and they use a unique valve system that allowed them to install hygienic urinals that literally use no water at all.

Read full article here

New Online Shop Launched !!! watersavingproducts.ie

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Visit our new online store at www.watersavingproducts.ie. Check out all our great water and energy saving products. We also have a home ventilation section that offers solutions to problems like mould mildue and condensation building up in your home or business. Visit the new winter protection products section and prepare your home or business for winter. If you cant find something you require or would like to request a tradeprice drop us a mail to info@smartenergysystems.ie or call 087 2923957 0r 0818 288 050

WATER METERS ARE A NECESSITY

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It is all but certain that water meters will now be rolled out across the country over the next couple of years, and all I can say is, it’s not before time.

Can you imagine not having to pay for your Gas or Oil? Why should water be any different?

I only hope that the government set out a strategic road map for this project and ensure it is carried out correctly. Introducing a flat rate charge will not help water conservation or help identify the major leaks in the domestic connections, meters and data is the only way these can be identified and repaired.

Looking at other European Countries where water charges are in place its clear to see water charges help substantially reduce household water use. People would also be proactive in conservation methods, such as using Rain Water Butts for Harvesting Water and installing water saving products such as; water displacement devices, aerators, water saving shower heads, etc…

Water is precious so we need to look after it. Reduce and Recycle.

Bord na Mona hoping to take control of nation's water supply

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THE head of Bord na Mona wants the semi-state body to become the new water company being proposed by the Government. The company would be in charge of the supply of water under the proposed water metering scheme.

Chief executive Gabriel D’Arcy said Bord na Mona, which was earmarked for sale by Colm McCarthy’s semi-state review, should be reinvented to become Ireland‘s main water utilities company.

As part of its plans to take on the Irish water business, the company plans to build the first new reservoir in 60 years at a cutaway bog at Garryhinch in Co Offaly. The €540m project would create 1,000 jobs, he said.

Under EU/IMF bailout conditions, the Government will appoint a company to run the nation’s water supply.

The Department of the Environment has commissioned accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers and law firm McCann FitzGerald to assess and recommend who should take the highly lucrative water business. Their report is due in September.

“The Government has a number of options but we are confident in our plans,” Mr D’Arcy said.

“To run the Irish Water company the Government could create a new body, and deal with all the requirements of creating a new semi-state, or it can use someone like us who are ready and willing to take up the challenge.”

Mr D’Arcy was speaking after Bord na Mona unveiled annual results which showed profits increased by almost a quarter last year, despite what the company called “one of the most challenging years in recent history”.

The company, which is moving into waste management, renewables and water, increased its earnings after tax by 23pc to €12.9m on the back of revenue which was essentially flat at €382.1m. The dividend to the state fell €1.8m to €3.4m.

D’Arcy added that with the advent of new technologies in wind energy, wind farms in the midlands, which may not have been viable three or four years ago, were now realistic.

'Clear decision' to be made on water charges

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THE GOVERNMENT would provide certainty relating to household charges and water metering when a memorandum was brought to Cabinet, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.

“People will know in advance, without further confusion or speculation, what will be involved,” he said.

Mr Kenny said it might happen at next week’s Cabinet meeting or afterwards.

The Taoiseach was replying to Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party, who called for clarity on the charges to be introduced.

“Will the household utility charge be in addition to a property tax, or is it another name for that tax and will it replace it?” he asked.

“Is the household utility charge meant to cover a water charge as a catch-all in the sense that the people can be soaked under whatever brand name is required?”

Mr Higgins said that whether a charge was made under one heading or three, the effect on living standards would be the same.

He predicted that there would be mass opposition to the imposition of charges, with taxpayers openly saying they could not afford them.

It would be a case of “cannot pay, will not pay”, said Mr Higgins.

He asked how the Taoiseach would deal with the growing anger in society in response to people being made scapegoats at his behest to salvage the big European bankers.

Mr Kenny said the memorandum of understanding was clear on the introduction of a site value tax and a charge for water arising from metering.

“The Government will make a clear decision on these two elements of the memorandum of understanding,” he added.

Summer Works Scheme 2011

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Summer Works Scheme 2011

The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills is pleased to announce details of the Summer Works Scheme for 2011 and to invite applications under the Scheme in accordance with the terms of this Circular Letter.

The purpose of the Summer Works Scheme is to devolve funding to individual school authorities to undertake small-scale building works which, ideally, can be carried out during the summer months or at other times that avoid disrupting the operation of the school.  Under the terms of the Scheme, school authorities are empowered to manage these works with guidance from, and minimal interaction, with the Department.

Funding for small scale projects will be allocated in accordance with the prioritisation criteria attaching to the Scheme which, in the normal course, include the ability to have the works carried out during the summer.  However, in certain circumstances, the Department may allocate funding to further projects later in the year where these can be carried out without disruption to the operation of the school.  If this arises, the terms and conditions of the Scheme will continue to apply when allocating funding to such projects.

Under the 2011 Scheme, schools may apply for one small scale project only.

Details of the terms and conditions attaching to the application are contained in part 2 of this Circular Letter.
The closing date for receipt of all applications under this Scheme is 21 January 2011.

For full details click the link below

http://www.education.ie/home/home.jsp?pcategory=22132&ecategory=55796&language=EN

Opening of 53 Million Euro Dairy Equipment and Rainwater Harvesting Schemes

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The Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food confirm that the Dairy Equipment and the Rainwater Harvesting Schemes will open for applications on Tuesday 1 March 2011.

Both schemes are provided for in Ireland’s Rural Development Programme and are intended to remain open for applications until end-2013.

Under the terms of the Programme, €45 million is being made available for the Dairy Equipment Scheme with a further €8 million being provided for the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme.

Under the terms of the Rural Development Programme, the Dairy Equipment Scheme will provide grant-aid for milking machine equipment and milk storage and cooling equipment, at a standard grant-rate of 40 per cent up to a maximum grant level.

The Rainwater Harvesting Scheme will also provide grant-aid at a standard grant-rate of 40 per cent up to a maximum grant level for the installation of rainwater collection tanks and ancillary items.

Under the terms of both Schemes, selection criteria will be applied in order to determine those applications which will proceed to the approval stage.

Read the full press release on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food website

Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Water Metering, Water Bills and Water Conservation

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Non-Domestic Water Metering

Charges for water services differ between local authorities, depending on the cost of their capital (water services infrastructure) programmes, the cost of operating their treatment plants and the cost of administering the metering /billing elements of their programmes.

In accordance with government Water Pricing Policy, local authorities are identifying and metering all the non-domestic users of their water services.  Non-domestic supplies would include supplies for trades, industry and businesses, including agriculture, hotels, B&Bs and any other short-term accommodation, and also educational or sports facilities as well as hospitals or community or charitable services.  Customers’ bills are calculated by means of a metered charge based on the volume of water used. In most cases this charge includes for water supply and sewage collection and disposal, i.e., on the basis of the “water in/water out” principle. Where the installation of a meter is impracticable, local authorities can issue bills based on a fixed charge.  Where a meter measures both a non-domestic supply and a domestic (household) supply, credit will be given for the domestic element.

The metering of non-domestic water supply connections is considered to be a more equitable way for non-domestic customers to pay for water services.  Metering is also a useful tool in identifying leaks in the water piping system and thereby benefits water conservation.

The funding of domestic water services will continue through the Water Services Investment Programme for infrastructure projects and through the Local Government Fund for operational costs.

Domestic Water Metering

Following the phased installation of water meters, households will be charged for water services based on usage in line with the government commitment. .

The Department is currently examining the various options to ensure the delivery of the metering programme in the most cost effective manner, but it is expected that the roll-out of meters will begin next year.

“Water metering will be an absolutely essential element in ensuring that we get a water system that works, that is fair and  is sustainable in the long-term.

“The metering system will allow for much better network management by local authorities, and it should also help consumers adjust their consumption patterns,” Minister Gormley said.

“International experience of reductions in water consumption would indicate that there can be significant water savings arising from the installation of meters. A recent report for the UK Government found average savings of 16 per cent per household accrued from the installation of meters.”

As a result of water metering end users will then receive a water bill calculated by the volume of water that passes through the meter. The aim of this is that the people who use more, pay more. This should raise peoples awareness regarding how much water they use, and ultimately waste. This will encourage people to embrace water conservation which will have a positive effect on the environment.