This is a presentation made by Elizabeth Fanning from Galway City Council at the Waternomics final event on 31/01/2017 for sharing Galway city water conservation plan and annoucing the Green leaf award 2017
} Galway City Council Water Supply Background
} Water Conservation Challenges
} Leakage Reduction Activities
} Galway City Council Activities
} Waternomics and GCC Interface
} Customer Engagement
} European Green Leaf 2017
} Slow the Flow Campaign
} Benefits of Water Conservation
• Galway City Water supply is served via Terryland
Water Treatment Plant and treated imported water
from Galway County Council.
• Currently supplying 43,000m3 of water per day to 4
no. zones – Tonabrocky, Clifton Hill, Coolagh and
• Distribution Network consists of 460km of
• Since 1st January 2014, GCC work in partnership
with Irish Water which is now the National Water
Services Authority under the terms of a Service
Level Agreement to provide Water Services.
Galway City Water Background
Water Conservation Challenges
Leakage Reduction Activities
District Metering Programme
Standardise Leakage Data and Water Management Systems
Active Leakage Control: finding and fixing leaks
Customers Advice and Information
GCC Leakage Reduction Activities
• Galway City Council has for many years
been working in these keys areas of
• Installing and maintaining DMA’s
• Developing Leakage Detection and
• Replacing oldest and poorly performing
} established 82 District Meter Areas installation of
300 sluice valves
} 76 flowmeters.
} Telemetry Logging and Water Management
System has been established to relay data from
the flowmeters back to the Water Conservation
} Hydraulic Model for the city Geographical
Information System and includes asset data and
comprehensive maps of the network.
District Metered Area (DMA)
Treated Water Reservoir
Water Treatment Plant (WTP)
• Analysis of the flow and pressure data gathered
for each DMA
• Identify and prioritise areas for Active Leakage
• GCC have a dedicated Leak Detection crew and
} Only so much Finding and Fixing can be done
before it becomes more economical to
rehabilitate/replace the main.
} Currently we have a project to rehabilitate almost
20km of prioritised watermain in various locations
throughout the city. This project is being
progressed with Irish Water at a cost of
approximately €7.2 million.
} Presently we are finalising contract documents
with Irish Water for procurement of a contractor
} Due to commence on site in August 2017
} Expected Completion date February 2019
} Reduce existing levels of Unaccounted for
Water (currently 53% to 49% upon completion of
the Rehab which equates to a possible saving in
operating costs of approximately €1million per
} Improve hydraulic capacity & performance of the
} Improve Security of Supply
} Water Conservation is NOT a project.
} MUST be a consistent part of Water Operations
} MUST maintain our DMA’s and Water
} MUST continually Find & Fix Leaks
} MUST prioritise areas of watermain in need of
} Waternomics Definition: A blend of Water and
Economics: Branch of knowledge concerned with
the REDUCTION in production, consumption and
transfer of water.
} Need to make people aware of preserving our
} To do this people must be aware of their usage at
home, at work, at school.
} Waternomics is a platform for doing this.
} Raising awareness amongst consumers is
recognized as essential to demand management.
} Assist with collection of water data
} GCC can aid in identifying Usage Cases as well
as possible pilot cases.
} Engaging with Stakeholders
} Promote the use of the Waternomics Apps,
Dashboards and Fault Detection and Diagnosis
} Promote Waternomics in our Domestic Customer
} Be water smart
} Think Before You Flush Campaign
} Irish Water and Green-Schools Partnership
} Report a Leak
} From Cloud to Glass
} From Drain to Sea
} Slow the Flow
} The European Green Leaf is a new competition
launched by the European Commission aimed at
cities and towns, with between 20,000 and
100,000 inhabitants, that recognizes a
commitment to better environmental outcomes.
} On 22nd June 2016, Galway City was awarded the
designation of European Green Leaf 2017.
It is the first Irish city to be awarded this
} The objectives are threefold:
} Environment Education and Awareness
} To encourage public participation and citizen
} "green ambassador“ to encourage sustainability
} The Themes are:
} Climate Change and Energy Performance
} Biodiversity and land use
} Air quality and acoustic environment
} Water and Wastewater management
} ‘Slow the Flow’ is a water conservation campaign initiated by Galway
} It concerns reducing our daily use of treated water at home, at work
and at school to an amount that is sufficient for our needs.
} Your role in slowing the flow of water is very important for Galway.
} Each person uses approximately 150 litres of water per day of which
only about 3% is consumed as drinking water.
} Conserving water is very easy to do and new habits adopted by you to
avoid wasting water can become a routine part of daily life.
} Saves money
} Protects drinking water resources
} Minimizes water pollution and health risks
} Reduces the need for costly water supply and new
wastewater treatment facilities
} Maintains the health of aquatic environments
} Saves energy used to pump, heat, and treat water
} Reduces the volume of wastewater generated for
replaced to date
Leakage & Asset
} Water Conservation Infrastructure is only half the equation.
} Water Conservation Infrastructure + demand management
via awareness= Sustainable Use of water resources
} This takes the commitment and participation of all the
} Every drop counts, every contribution matters, no matter
how big or small
} Make Water Conservation a Way of Life.