Your Scheme


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.

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 order 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.



Feel free to contact us ..

Kiltiernan Group Water Scheme Co-operative Society Ltd

Board Members & Manager 2013 – 2014






Michael John Murphy



086 0203012

John Joe Brennan

Board Member


Tom Creadon



Mattie Hallinan

Board Member


Noel Murphy

Board Member


Terence Duffy

Board Member


Gerard Armstrong

Board Member


Niall O’Callaghan

Safety Officer


Padraig Greaney

Board Member


Enda Horrigan



Pat Howley

Board Member


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.

The contract for the construction of new motorway between Gort and Tuam in Co Galway has been awarded by the National Roads Authority to the Public Private Partnership Company Direct Route (Tuam) Ltd., whose members include Roadbridge, Sisk, and Lagan Construction, three large Irish civil engineering firms. The same consortium successfully delivered the N18 Limerick Tunnel project in recent years.

Lagans will be constructing the section of motorway from Gort to Rathmorrisey and it is this section that will intersect our pipe network.

The construction of the 53 km motorway and the 4 km Tuam Bypass dual carriageway – part of the Atlantic Corridor on the west coast – will take thousands of vehicles out of Clarinbridge, Claregalway and Tuam each day. It will be constructed as a Public Private Partnership project. There will be no tolls on the route. Instead the State will pay the private contractor an annuity over 25 years.

It is expected the motorway will take up to three years to complete and should be open to traffic in 2018. An environmental assessment of the proposed route has already been completed and approved. All archaeological sites investigated along the route have been fully resolved under licence from the National Museum. In addition, compulsory purchase orders required to develop the road have been completed and the land for the scheme has been acquired.

From our perspective there are a number of key aspects to this construction that need to be managed
1. Motorway intersecting our Pipeline at Kiltiernan, Turloughtrassa and Caranvoodauvn.
2. Replacement borehole – Our backup borehole in Kiltiernan, which is located on the east side of the Galway/ Limerick road
near the junction with the treatment plant road, will be covered over and no longer accessible.
3. Pollution – Runoff from the motorway with note that we are in a “Karst” limestone region and in close proximity to a
large turlough.
4. A direct line of open communication needs to be established and protocols agreed to ensure any impact to our users are
minimized and broadcast in advance where possible. In the event of our mains been damaged during construction we need
to have an immediate action plan in place to address Health and safety to both the Lagans construction crew, to our end
users resulting from contaminants entering our pipeline, water loss and notification of the scheme board of directors.
5. To future proof our scheme we need to review the new layout of the motorway and where necessary insert blank conduits
under the motorway to facilitate future expansion and eliminate future road crossing costs which could be prohibitive.