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Irish Water working to restore water and secure supply for Waterford customers in the wake of Storm Ophelia

The Irish Water Crisis Management Team was mobilised over the weekend and has overseen the impact of the storm on water and wastewater centres from the National Operations centre in Dublin along with the Operations teams in each of the three regions.

The principal impacts were loss of power to treatment plants and pumping stations, pipeline bursts which couldn’t be repaired until conditions were safe for crews and direct damage to facilities. Irish Water are currently working with the ESB and the local authority staff to restore water and secure supply for customers around the country.

At the moment Irish Water estimate that there are:

  • 69,000 customers with no supply (down from 109,000 at the peak)
  • Where customers were reliant on water storage this number has decreased by 260,000 to just over 100,000  and their full supply has been restored.
  • Counties worst affected by the outages are  Cork and Waterford

During the night, ESB Networks has been working on several of these schemes and we are confident that these numbers will be significantly reduced in the coming hours.  In many other schemes, generators are maintaining power supply pending full restoration of mains service.

To meet the demands of those plants without power, working with the local authorities, Irish Water put 16 generators in place at drinking water plants. This has restored supplies to 78,000 people in the most impacted areas of the south of the country.

We have a further 23 generators on route to assist to restore supplies to 64,000 in the most impacted areas, particularly around the south of the country.

Irish Water is currently co-ordinating up to 30 water tankers to the affected areas and are working with local authorities to ensure we have more if we need them.

In Waterford, a number of customers are continuing to experience water outages due to power cuts associated with Storm Ophelia. Affected areas include Tallow, Ardmore, Grange, Aglish, Clashmore and the Ballylaneen/Kill/Bonmahon area. A large number of other smaller supplies have also been affected throughout the county.

In addition, Boil Water Notices have been issued for the Knockalisheen, Modeligo, Carrowgarriff, Ballysaggart, Clashmore, Garravoone, Castlereagh and The Nire supplies as we cannot guarantee adequate disinfection due to a power outage. Irish Water, working with the HSE, will continue to monitor these supplies and work to restore them to compliance as quickly as possible.

In the meantime we would ask that customers who have a water supply would conserve their water as we work to restore a normal supply to all customers as quickly as possible. Tankers are currently being mobilised and a number of water supply locations will be set up in affected areas. 

We also have a number of wastewater treatment plants and a significant number of sewage pumping stations where power failure is resulting in discharge of untreated or partially treated wastewater to receiving waters.  As with drinking water, the number of installations affected are being reduced as power supplies are restored.  We currently estimate that approximately 30 wastewater treatment plants are without power nationally.  Our focus now is to get these plants fully operational as soon as possible.

The Irish Water Crisis management team will be maintained in place until these issues are fully addressed. Our focus today is on working with ESB Networks to prioritise schemes for power restoration, looking at options for supplies which may continue to be affected including deploying generators where this is practical and making emergency tankered supplies available where necessary. We will be providing information to communities affected and contacting vulnerable customers who need support.

Irish Water would like to thank the ESB Networks for all their assistance during this storm event and where possible prioritising the restoration of power supplies to the water and wastewater treatment plants.

Irish Water is grateful for the commitment of its staff and those of the local authorities who are working to address the issues arising from the storm as quickly as possible. We are also grateful for the patience and forbearance of our customers during this event.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) President Prof Willie Donnelly has welcomed the announcement today (16 October) of a single major capital investment in higher education.

The announcement, made by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, promises funding for 11 major capital investment projects which will deliver brand new state of the art facilities to institutes of technology across the country.

In line with the Government’s strong focus on STEM, including ICT, engineering and life sciences to drive regional development, the project at WIT will consist of the construction of a new Engineering, Computing and General Teaching Building at WIT’s Cork Road Campus. The 12,900 square metres building will provide students access to state of the art infrastructure and a modern student environment.

“WIT welcomes this major investment,” stated Waterford Institute of Technology President Prof Willie Donnelly. “The facilities on offer will be integral to the transformation of education in the South East, positioning WIT at the forefront of defining the 21st Century University environment,” he said.

The facilities available will prepare graduates for a future which sees the convergence of STEM and creative arts. It will also act as a 'shared space' which will see industry and students working side by side in the same environment.

“The new facility enables the institute to realise its philosophy of creating an integrated creative, entrepreneurial and connected learning environment which allows greater interaction between the undergraduate, postgraduate and industry to deliver a unique learning experience to our students whether traditional undergraduate students, postgraduate or life long learning,” he added.

The world class teaching facilities will enable WIT to deliver new flexible modes of learning based on face to face, online and blended learning environment.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. stated: “I have set the ambition to make Ireland the best education and training service in Europe within a decade. State of the art facilities are key to realizing this ambition. These projects will be delivered in every province, in locations extending from Letterkenny to Waterford, and from Galway to Dublin.

The delivery of these projects, together with the additional €257m over three years capital funding which we secured last week in the Budget, mark a turning point for State investment in the higher education sector. They demonstrate the commitment of the Government to supporting the sector in catering for demographic growth, responding to skills needs in the economy and improving the campus environment for students and staff.”

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D. Stated “Institutes of Technology have been disproportionately affected by the fall-off in capital investment in higher education over the past decade. And yet they have still shown a level of flexibility and innovation that rivals any other sector. In recent times the infrastructure hasn’t evolved or improved quickly enough to match their dynamism. We’re starting the process of changing that today.

Many of our Institutes are working towards the attainment of Technological University status and the new infrastructure will support them in that aim. The move towards Technological Universities is a game changer for the sector. It’s a significant, welcome structural change. And is an example of the kind of vision and big thinking we need to progress our society.”

The Chief Executive of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), Dr Joseph Ryan welcomed the announcement.

“We are delighted to acknowledge this, the first major capital investment in the technological sector in ten years,” stated Dr Ryan.

“The sector has consistently out-performed itself despite core funding per student dropping by 22% in the seven-year period to 2015. Government has committed to address the current spending challenge and that work is underway; this complementary injection of capital funding into our Institutes of Technology will greatly enhance the student experience and will support the delivery of highest class education and training throughout the technological sector. 

This technological sector has been central to regional and national economic development in ensuring an ongoing stream of employment-ready graduates, and in supporting innovation and product development through impact-focused research. It is work that is catalytic for each region and community and it is key to delivering on the current suite of Government policy that is designed to sustain our economic recovery.

Today's announcement supports and will enhance the valued relationship that exists between the Institutes of Technology and local enterprise; it supports Government policy on regional development and Integration with the identified needs of local industry; and is timely as we transition towards the introduction of Technological Universities.”

WaterfordCulturalQuarterPlan2017What is the Waterford Cultural Quarter (WCQ) Plan

This draft document provides an outline plan for the proposed Waterford Cultural Quarter (WCQ). It is commissioned by Waterford City and County Council (WCCC) with a view to exploring the potential for a WCQ which will play a transformative role for the O’Connell St district of the city and for the capacity, confidence and sustainable growth of the cultural and creative sectors of the city and region.

In doing so, it will play a vital development role for Waterford city centre, nurturing and attracting distinctive cultural and creative production and generating a dynamic cultural life for the area that enhances the city’s retail and tourism offer.

NOTE: The Cultural Quarter Plan was be issued for public consultation on 10th October 2017. It is available in the Waterford Libraries and below.

There will be an open meeting and discussion in the WIT School of Architecture, The Granary, O’Connell Street, Waterford on the 18th of October 2017. Refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact: Tel: 076 110 20 20, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Electronic submissions can also be made at:

http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/administration/forms/cultural-quarter-form.htm

Submissions via post to:

Waterford Cultural Quarter Plan

C/O Eddie Ruane

Waterford City and County Council

City Hall

Waterford

Telephone Enquiries to: 0761 10 2020

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/waterfordculturalquarter

Documentation

 

Alan Cox‘Think long-term for growth: unleashing Waterford’s potential as an internationally-recognised tourist destination’

Alan Cox, Chief Executive of Core Media

Date: Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Time: 7.00pm ** NOTE EARLIER TIME **

Venue: Medieval Museum

FREE ADMISSION, all welcome

Core Media is Ireland’s largest media communications group. It has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last five years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the eighth year running.  Alan was named ‘Most Trusted Leader in Ireland’ by the Institute in 2013.

This will be an important event for the future branding of Waterford.

WIT Strategic Plan ConsultationWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is giving people across the county the opportunity to contribute to the future direction of the institute.

Members of the public and groups from the community, business and industry are invited to attend open consultation sessions planned for mid October in both Waterford city and Dungarvan.

The first consultation takes place in Waterford city on Monday, 16 October in the Tower Hotel Waterford at 7pm. The following day, on Tuesday, 17 October there will be a consultation session in Dungarvan in the Park Hotel Dungarvan also at 7pm. 

The WIT public consultation event scheduled for the Tower Hotel, Waterford last Monday which was postponed due to Storm Ophelia has been rescheduled for Monday, 23rd October at 7pm in the Tower Hotel.

WIT has commenced an extensive consultation process with the public, with students, parents and regional partners to inform its planning for the next three years.

Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT, urged people to get involved in the planning process. “WIT is ambitious for the future of the region and sees itself as playing a central role in developing the regional economy and in providing leadership for the South-east into the future. We really encourage people to come forward and share with us their ambitions for the future, so that we can be in a better place to help make those a reality.”

Dr Richard Hayes, Vice President for Strategy at WIT, said, “We welcome the views of everyone on determining our future direction. WIT is a college for the city and the region and with that in mind we are hosting these sessions to get a clearer idea of what the city and region want from us over the coming years.”

“These are challenging times for all higher education institutions,” Dr Hayes went on to say, “and it is important that we plan carefully how best to spend our resources over the coming three years with the best interests of the South-east in mind. We are fully committed to meeting the needs of the region, to meeting the needs of students and parents for high quality educational experiences, to meeting the needs of employers for skilled staff, and to meeting the needs of industry partners for the latest in cutting-edge thinking and research. We are very proud of our achievements in the past in all these respects and look forward to enhancing our ability to deliver high quality education, jobs and innovation into the region over the coming three year period.”

The opportunity for wide-ranging consultation arises only every few years, though WIT remains deeply committed to engaging with external partners on a day-to-day basis.

Members of the business community, representatives from community groups and organisations, representatives from education, parents, future students and members of the general public are welcome to this open consultation event for a discussion on what the region needs and wants from WIT.

Those who cannot attend the consultation events can contribute by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the WIT website, www.wit.ie/strategy.

No RSVP is required. 

witness the fitness

Witness the Fitness is a Pop up fitness event in the Waterford Viking Triangle in association with Balance Fitness.

The idea behind it is threefold: Utilize the plaza, showcase different fitness trainers and put on a free, outdoor fitness class in the Viking Triangle where you can just turn up and take part.

The hope is to get locals and visitors alike active and to provide a unique fitness opportunity in the surrounds of Ireland's Oldest City.

We want the Viking Triangle to become a vibrant hub of activity for both visitors to our city and locals alike.

So come on down to the Plaza, in the Viking Triangle on Sunday October 15th at 9.30am. All you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water.

 

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