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The scheme Manager Michael John Murphy can be contacted on 086 0203012



The Kiltiernan Group Water Scheme Co Operative Society Limited is owned by the members to whom we supply water. Each member is a shareholder and they votes each year to elect a board of Directors to run the scheme. The scheme is a non profit organization and the Board of Directors performs their task on a voluentry basis. One of the corner stone decisions taken by the Board was to hire a manager to run the day to day operations of the scheme. It was accepted that tight control over water metering, billing and quality control was a task that over reached the long term commitment that elected voulinteers could comit too with the required vigor on a long term basis. This is a decision that has paid dividence and has resulted in a very professionally run business allowing us to supply a quality product with a confidence that it complies with the various drinking water regulations.

Glan Agua is responsible for operating the process plant while the scheme members (via the board of Directors) are responsible for the distribution infrastructure which extends from the gates of the processing plant too and including the meter box of the consumer. It is our responsibility to ensure water losses from the system are eliminated and we achieve this through monitoring the customer consumption versus the volume of water leaving the processing plant.

Distribution Pipeline of Kiltiernan Group Water Scheme

‘The most undesirable constituents of drinking-water are undoubtedly those that are capable of having a direct impact on public health and for which guideline values have been developed. The management of these substances is in the hands of organisations responsible for the provision of the supply, and it is up to these organisations to instil in their consumers the confidence that this task is being undertaken with responsibility and efficiency.’

The extract above is form the World Health Organisation and really encapsulates what the requirements and expectations from the Board of Directors are. More over people expect and deserve such assurances when they turn on their taps.

We achieve this through regular scouring of our pipe lines, checking for residual chlorine and independent chemical analysis on the water. The results we gather from our on-going quality inspection are viewed in tandem with the results gathered by Glan Agua. We carefully monitor any negatively trending parameters and investigate the trending even it is still within the regulatory guidelines. It is in our interest to pre-empt the water quality and understand how the change in weather or volume consumed can affect this.

I would like to encourage all the shareholders / members of our scheme to play a larger role in the running of our scheme. As with any business there are many skillsets required to ensure a smooth running and efficiency. Your contribution can simply take the form of attending the annual general meeting, helping your neighbour in times of trouble with frozen pipes or leaks or you can contribute on a more direct level. By this I mean submitting your name for election to the board or by volunteering your time or skills to the scheme. If you are interested please contact the chairman of the scheme.

Communication with our members is very important and any concerns brought to our attention are investigated. Concerns varying from water colour, taste, smell, excessive chlorine and so on are all valid issues and we will work with Galway County Council or our engineers to ensure a root cause is found. The fact that a new dish washer detergent in the customers own house may be responsible for water taste is not important. What is important is that each of our members takes a proactive part in ensuring our water quality maintains its excellent quality.

Safety risks exist outside the confines of water quality and before we can be capable of addressing these we must be able to identify them. We developed a Safety Statement which is regularly reviewed and this assists us in determining the best practice required to complete a job. The scheme employs a manager so we are bound by the various employment laws and regulations. As with any employer we have a responsibility to the safety of our employees that extends from bullying and harassment to ensuring appropriate training is provided where necessary. We have a responsibility to the public to ensure our activities do not endanger them, activities such as meter readings or while carry out line maintenance. If you have any safety concern please contact any board member or the scheme manager immediately.

Click on the following links to view the quality reports of Kiltiernan GWS and the Galway Co Council

The following will help you navigate the council’s website

1. Select Private group (non exempted) water schemes

2. Select "Select Scheme"

3. Select Kiltiernan Group water scheme co-operative Society

4. Select the data you wish to review

5. The report data can be downloaded

Publications & Reports are also available by selecting in the "Publications & Reports" in the <Selection - Rogha> section

Sample Report:

COCO     Explanation of the curent water status The quality of the water distributed throughout our scheme is of paramount importance to us and is not something that is left to chance. A highly sophisticated processing plant continuously monitors the water quality extracted from the ground and ensures that the water leaving the treatment plant is of a standard fit for human consumption and in compliance with the various water standards and regulations that we are required to adhere to. Once the water leaves the treatment plant we continue to monitor the water quality to ensure the quality of the water has not been compromised. This is achieved through regular chlorine residual testing.  We scour the pipe line regularly to keep it clean and in addition to this chemical and bacterial analysis tests are taken by us and the Galway County Council and tested independently. Click here to get a detailed explanation of the current water status.
Water Hardness
    The simple definition of water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water is high in dissolved minerals, largely calcium and magnesium. You may have felt the effects of hard water, literally, the last time you washed your hands. Depending on the hardness of your water, after using soap to wash you may have felt like there was a film of residue left on your hands. In hard water, soap reacts with the calcium (which is relatively high in hard water) to form "soap scum". When using hard water, more soap or detergent is needed to get things clean, be it your hands, hair, or your laundry.Have you done a load of dishes in the dishwasher, taken out the glasses, and noticed spots or film on them? This is more hard-water residue—not dangerous, but unsightly. Many industrial and domestic water users are concerned about the hardness of their water. When hard water is heated, such as in a home water heater, solid deposits of calcium carbonate can form. This scale can reduce the life of equipment, raise the costs of heating the water, lower the efficiency of electric water heaters, and clog pipes. And, yes, mineral buildup will occur in your home coffee maker too, which is why some people occasionally run vinegar (an acid) through the pot. The acidity of vinegar helps to dissolve mineral particles by making them charged. These newly charged particles become attracted to the positive and negative charges in water and can be washed away easily.  But hard water can have some benefits, too. Humans need minerals to stay healthy, and the World Health Organization states that drinking-water may be a contributor of calcium and magnesium in the diet and could be important for those who are marginal for calcium and magnesium intake.
 Measures of water hardness   Hardness is caused by compounds of calcium and magnesium, and by a variety of other metals. General guidelines for classification of waters are: 0 to 60 mg/L (milligrams per liter) as calcium carbonate is classified as soft; 61 to 120 mg/L as moderately hard; 121 to 180 mg/L as hard; and more than 180 mg/L as very hard. Water systems using groundwater as a source are concerned with water hardness, since as water moves through soil and rock it dissolves small amounts of naturally-occurring minerals and carries them into the groundwater supply. Water is a great solvent for calcium and magnesium, so if the minerals are present in the soil around a water-supply well, hard water may be delivered to homes. Water hardness varies throughout the Country. As the image of the inside of a water-supply pipe shows, long-term movement of hard water through a pipe can result in what is called scale buildup. Just as in the human body where blood vessels can be reduced in inside diameter due to cholesterol buildup, water pipes can gradually close up resulting in less water movement through the pipe and a lowering of water pressure. Water hardness is based on major-ion chemistry concentrations. Major-ion chemistry in groundwater is relatively stable and generally does not change over time. Hardness is a property of water that is not a health concern, but it can be a nuisance. Hard water can cause mineral buildup in plumbing, fixtures, and water heaters, and poor performance of soaps and detergents.

Kiltiernan Group Water Scheme Co Operative Society LTD

Kiltiernan Group Water Scheme Kiltiernan Group Water Scheme Co Op supplies water to over 400 hundred houses and farms in the south Galway parishes of Ballinderreen, Ardrahan and Clarinbridge from a new treatment plant at Kiltiernan. The Co Op was set up as a result of the amalgation of four group schemes Kiltiernan, Castletaylor, Lavalyconnor and Lisnagranshy in 2007. The original schemes supplied water from five bore holes and while it was of great benefit to the local communities to have piped water, they had constant problems in meeting the needs of their members due to deficient water supplies and very basic water treatmet systems.
After consulting with the Federation of Group Water Schemes in rder to resolve the water quality problems and comply with the standards set down by National and EU regulations on a long term basis, the four schemes decided to amalgate because this was the most cost effective way to provide the service.
Kiltiernan Group Water Scheme Co Op was formed in 2007 and joined Galway DBO Bundle 2. The Design Build Operate system was recommended as the most effective method for the construction and maintenance of the water treatment plants and was adopted by the scheme.
With the aid of capital grants drawn down under the rural Water Programme a new treatment plant was constructed, the mains were upgraded and a new metering system was installed. The treatment plant was constructed and will be operated under contract by Glan Agua for a period of twenty years. A part time manager has been employed by the scheme.
The scheme now has an efficient water treatment system in place and is supplying a quality product to its members.
The implementation of the quality Assurance programme will be critical to achieving the required standards and will require operational monitoring from source to tap, identifying potential contamination risks to the water supply and dealing with them before they become a problem.
The upgrade strategy adopted under the rural water programme has achieved great success across rural areas and the Group Scheme sector is now leading the way in the provision of domestic water
Members Site Directors Site Kids Site Discussion Forum
KGWS Board of Directors Site Kids Site Discussion Forum
This is the main site for our shareholders Learn a little about your scheme, About the role of the board of directors and how you can contribute. Keep up to date on the water quality status or simply find out the location where your nearest fire hydrant is located. Keep informed with news events such as water outages and scheduled maintance. View pictures of your treatment facility and of the open day This is a restricted access area and is intended as a repositary and knowledge base for board members and scheme manager, Combining a little education and fun. Here you can learn about the water cycle, water concervation and where your water comes from. We also have a small number of colouring pages courtsey of crayola that can be printed out and coloured. There are some drawing tips courtsey of You Tube. This discussion forum is not a subsitute for how issues are curently addressed. If you have complaints or concerns then simply call us and we will do our best to address your concerns. If this is not suficient, all scheme members and shareholders are free to have a face to face meeting with the scheme manager, Director or present your case directly to the board of management. This forum is intended as a means of extending the scope by which we listen to our customers voice. You will have to register and this can be done online or give us a call and we will do it for you. I apologise for any inconvienance this may cause but due to the volume of spam contributors it was necessary.
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You will probably be amazed at the amount of water you actually use. If you’re interested in finding out, try keeping track of your water use over the course of a week. It could help you to pinpoint areas where water savings in your home could be easily achieved.

You can download this form and complete it offline or fill it up now. To use this form, fill in the number of times a day you do the things in the left hand column. The form will calculate the number of litres of water you use per week for each activity based on the average amount, which is filled in for you under the "AVERAGE" column. These figures give typical water consumption figures for various appliances and devices. The appliances and devices in your home may use greater or lesser amounts of water. If you know the actual amount, fill it in.

If you are interested in joining our scheme please give us a call or take a look at the scheme pipeline and see if your house lies along this route. Before joining you should be aware that this is a community scheme and we will be charging for the water that passes through your meter.  If this usage is due to usage or leaks, you will still be charged.  There are "Terms and conditions" and all new member will be supplied with a booklet on the rules and regulations.  Existing members will also be reissued with a booklet if required.  The manager and board members are available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

  Scheme Charges
Price of the water is €0.55/ cubic meter (1000 Liters)
Domestic connections receive a Free water allowance 56 cubic meters (56000 Liters)
New connection = new connection fee of €1,500 + costs (This fee is variable as connection fees will vary depending on the cost of installation.)
Planning Permission letter = €500  (It is regarded as a deposit so it is deductible from the €1,500 membership fee and can be refunded if the development is not going ahead.)
Additional  connections are installed at cost price. (This fee is variable as connection fees will vary depending on the cost of installation.)
Re-connection fee (if disconnected due a breach of contract) according to the rules  are set at €500
€30 charge for late payments
All these charges are subject to change and any quotes issued or refunds (where specified) are only valid for a limited period of time.
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