Policy Proposals

All major policy proposals for Irish Water are subject to the approval of the CRU who undertakes public consultation exercises before making a decision to approve with or without amendments. All Irish Water submissions are published on the CRU website.

Irish Water will consult and engage with the recently established Public Water Forum under a Memoranda of Understanding which is currently being developed.

Irish Water also consults with stakeholders and undertakes public consultations, both statutory and non-statutory, to provide information on proposed projects and to seek the views of interested parties on what they consider should be considered by Irish Water in developing the solution.

In accordance with legislation, Irish Water also carries out Strategic Environmental Assessments (“SEA”), Appropriate Assessments (“AA”) and Environmental Impact Assessments (“EIA”) on projects that are above the statutory thresholds in the relevant regulations

Irish Water is also required to apply for planning permission in respect of development under the Planning and Development Regulations either to the Planning Authority for the area in which the development is to take place or to An Bord Pleanála for Strategic Infrastructure as defined in the Regulations. Further information on public consultations carried out by Irish Water is available on Our Plans page.

Reward Structure

A new market based reward structure was agreed and implemented in Bord Gáis Éireann (now Ervia) in 2013, following negotiations, under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission (the “LRC”), with the Group of Unions (GOU) and a ballot of all staff. The new structure represented a fundamental change for all employees, a move away from a traditional time served increment-based model to a market and performance based model and included considerable cost savings. The most significant changes included:

  • Requirement for all pay ranges to be benchmarked externally
  • End of automatic pay progression to a model based on performance and market position
  • End of emphasis on fixed pay in favour of an element of pay at risk
  • Robust performance management for all employees
  • A pay freeze until 2016

The pay model will apply in Irish Water from 2017. The pay model provides for an element of performance related pay which is common in private companies and other commercial semi state companies in Ireland. An individual’s performance related pay is based on three key elements: the performance of Ervia as a whole; the performance of their business unit within Ervia; and the individual’s performance. This approach links an individual’s performance to their business unit and to the performance of Ervia as a company. It builds the sense of teamwork and focus on whole company performance.

In early 2015, the Board of Ervia commissioned an independent review of the pay model which was carried out by reward experts AON/&Ampersand. The report which was issued in September 2015 confirms that the pay model delivers value for money and sustainability. Specifically it provides appropriate controls and robust management of pay levels, does not encourage or enable excessively high levels of pay within Ervia and the link between pay and performance is appropriate to encourage a high performance culture.

Board Decisions

The following summaries detail the decisions/actions taken by the Board of Irish Water from 1 September 2015 to date.

The following summaries detail the decisions taken by the Board of Irish Water in 2018

Board Meeting dated 29 January 2018

  1. Approve a capital budget and the award of the design and build contract for the Peamount to Saggart pumping station and rising main.
  2. Approve a capital budget for the Galway City watermains rehabilitation project.
  3. Approve a capital budget for the Letterkenny Sewerage Scheme.
  4. Approve a capital budget for the Irish Water National Telemetry Programme covering the period 2018 to the end of 2022.

Board Meeting dated 26 February 2018

  1. Approve the extension of a revolving credit facility between Irish Water and Royal Bank of Canada.
  2. Approve the extension of a revolving credit facility between Irish Water and HSBC Bank Plc.
  3. Approve the submission of the 2017 Irish Water draft unaudited, unapproved and abridged financial statements to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
  4. Approve a variation to the detailed design contract for the Ringsend Waste Water Treatment Plant.
  5. Approve a capital budget for the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme (2A Network) project and the award of the Design, Build and Operate contract for the project.
  6. Approve a capital budget for the Irish Water capital maintenance programme.

Board Meeting dated 26 March 2018

  1. Approve a capital budget for the Bandon Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Project and the award of the Design, Build and Operate contract for the project.
  2. Approve a revised project estimate for the Bandon Watermain and Sewer Network Upgrade Project and the award of the Design and Build contract for the project.
  3. Approve the Irish Water financial statements for the year ended 31st December 2017 and the associated letter of representation.
  4. Approve the Irish Water 2017 Annual Report.
  5. Approve an addendum to the auditor’s letter of engagement.

Board Meeting dated 20 April 2018

  1. Approve a capital budget and award of the design, build and operate contract for the Ballyshannon Water Supply Project.
  2. Approve a capital budget for the Donegal Countywide Watermain Rehabilitation project.

Board Meeting dated 24 May 2018

  1. Approved an extension to and an increase in the framework value for the contract for the provision of Contact Centre Services to Irish Water.
  2. Approved an overall cumulative budget for the Vartry Project and the award of the contract for the upgrade of the Stillorgan Reservoir.
  3. Approved the extension of the revolving credit facility agreement between Irish Water and AIB.
  4.  Approved the extension of the revolving credit facility agreement between Irish Water and Bank of Ireland.
  5. Approved the extension of the revolving credit facilities between Irish Water and National Treasury Management Agency as controller and manager of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.

Board Meeting dated 25 June 2018

  1. Approve the award of a Multi-Supplier Framework agreement for the supply and delivery of aggregates to Irish Water.
  2. Approve the extension of the term of the CCTV and Sewer Jetting Maintenance Works and Services Framework Agreement.
  3. Approve an increase in the value of the Multi-Supplier Framework agreement for the provision of plant hire equipment to Irish Water.
  4. Approve a budget for the construction of a sewer mains by LIDL Ireland Limited.
  5. Approve a capital budget and award of a design and build contract for the Letterkenny Regional Supply Scheme.
  6. Approve a capital budget and award of the design build and operate contract for the Tullamore and Birr Water Supply Scheme.
  7. Approve a capital budget and award of a design and build contract for the Tuam Regional Water Supply Scheme extension.
  8. Approve a capital budget and award of the design build and operate contract for the Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme.

Board Meeting dated 29 June 2018

  1. Approve the issuance of an Order and Notice prohibiting certain water usage in the Greater Dublin Water Supply Area.

Board Meeting dated 4 July 2018

  1. Approve the issuance of an Order and Notice prohibiting or restricting water usage on a nationwide basis.

The following summaries detail the decisions taken by the Board of Irish Water in 2017

Board Meeting dated 27 January 2017

  1. Approving budget and contract for the design, build and operation of the upgrade to the Enniscorthy Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  2. Approving the award of a multi supplier framework contract for the provision of water meters and associated devices for a four year period with the option to extend for a further two year period.
  3. Approving budget and contract increases for the expansion works at Swords Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Board Meeting dated 20 February 2017

  1. Approving additional capital budget for the delivery of gas and water works for the Wexford Town Project.
  2. Approving capital budget for the design and construction (including civil works) of a new reservoir and disinfection upgrade at Ballyboden Water Treatment Plant.
  3. Approving the award of a multi supplier framework contract for the provision of ductile iron pipes, fittings, valves and couplers for a four year period with the option to extend for a further two year period.
  4. Approving a capital budget for the Water Network Programmes works for 2017.
  5. Approving a capital budget for the upgrades to the water treatment plants at the Drogheda and Dundalk Water Supply Schemes.
  6. Approving an increased capital budget for the Lower Liffey Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade.

Board Meeting dated 27 March 2017

  1. Approving the 2016 Irish Water Financial Statements.
  2. Approving the Letter of Representation in respect of the 2016 Financial Statements.
  3. Approving the extension for one year of the €100M revolving credit facilities between Irish Water and HSBC and Irish Water and RBC.
  4. Approving the capital budget for Inistioge Water Supply Scheme.
  5. Approving the increased budget for Capital Programmes for 2017.
  6. Approving the creation of multi-supplier framework contracts for the supply of Sewer Network Surveys and Associated Services.
  7. Approving the Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan.

Board Meeting dated 26 April 2017

  1. Approving an increase in the value of the Minor Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Controls and Automation Framework.
  2. Approving an increase in the value of the Minor Civil Engineering Framework.

Board Meeting dated 29 May 2017

  1. Approving extensions to existing facilities of the Company with Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks Plc and Ireland Strategic Investment Fund totalling €650M.
  2. Approving the issue of new shares by the Company and the allotment of such shares in equal proportions to the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.
  3. Approving the award of Supplier Framework Contracts for the Provision of Major Process and MEICA works for a five year period.
  4. Approving the award of Supplier Framework Contracts for the Supply of Water Network Management Services and Works for a four year period, with the option to extend for a further two year period (in one year intervals).
  5. Approving a draft Connection Charging Policy for formal submission to the Commission for Energy Regulation.
  6. Approving the award of Supplier Framework Contracts for the Supply of Water and Waste Water Connection Related Works and Services for a three year period, with the option to extend for a further two year period (in one year intervals).
  7. Approving the award of Supplier Framework Contracts for the Supply of Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals for a three year period, with the option to extend for a further two year period (in one year intervals), up to a maximum value of €119.75m for the five year period.
  8. Approving a capital budget for the Castlerea and Environs Regional Network Phase 1 project.
  9. Approving a capital budget for the Eastern and Midlands Region Water Supply Project (“WSP”).
  10. Approving a draft Interim Trade Effluent Charging Policy for formal submission to the Commission for Energy Regulation.

Board Meeting dated 26 June 2017

  1. Approving a capital budget for the upgrade to the Grange, Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad Wastewater Treatment Plants and the award of the Design, Build and Operate Contract to Coffey Northumbrian Limited.
  2. Approving the delegation of authority for making Compulsory Purchase Orders and Notices under Section 97 of the Water Services Act 2007.

Board Meeting dated 24 July 2017

  1. Approving the entry by Irish Water into an Amendment Agreement with Barclays Bank Ireland Plc relating to a revolving credit facility agreement dated 18th November 2015.
  2. Approving the payment of fees to Deloitte to audit the financial statements of Irish Water for the years 2017 and 2018.
  3. Approving the budget for the construction of the Vartry to Callowhill Pipeline Link project and the award of the pipeline construction contract.
  4. Approving the for the capacity upgrade of the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  5. Approving the delegation of authority for any property related agreements which may be required with Dublin Port Company to facilitate the upgrade of the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  6. Approving the award of a multi supplier framework contract for the provision of sludge and waste management services
  7. Approving an extension of the term and an increase in the value of the CCTV and sewer jetting maintenance works and services framework agreement.

Board Meeting dated 30 August 2017

  1. Approving the adoption of Ervia’s revised Enterprise Risk Management Policy.

Board Meeting dated 15 September 2017

  1. Approving the submission of the draft Irish Water Business Plan 2017 – 2022 to the relevant Ministers and NewERA (New Economy and Recovery Authority).

Board Meeting dated 25 September 2017

  1. Approving the entry by the Company into an authority and indemnity in favour of  Allied Irish Banks, plc.
  2. Approving the budget for Capital Programme works for the 2017 and 2018 period.
  3. Approving the budget for the Water Network Programme works for the 2017 and 2018 period.
  4. Approving the delegation of authority in relation to the issuance of statutory notices associated with sections 42(1), 42(2), 43(6) or 44(1)(b) Water Services Act 2007.
  5. Approving the entry by the Company into a lease of a premises at Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and approving the fit out of these premises on the commercial terms outlined at the meeting.
  6. Approving the submission of unaudited semi-annual Financial Statements to the Company’s lenders.

Board Meeting dated 23 October 2017

  1. Approving the award of a multi supplier framework for the provision of sludge and waste management services to Irish Water.
  2. Approving a capital budget for the Bandon Watermain and Sewer Network Upgrade project.
  3. Approving a budget for the upgrade of the Vartry Water Treatment Plant and Reservoir and for the design and construction of the Vartry to Callowhill Pipeline Link and other preliminary project works.
  4. Approving the award of the contract for the upgrade of the Vartry Wastewater Treatment Plant and Reservoir, subject to the receipt of planning permission for these works.

Board Meeting dated 20 November 2017

  1. Approving the payment of refunds to domestic customers in accordance with the direction from the Minister under section 3C of the Water Services Act 2014 (as inserted by Section 22 of the Water Services Act 2017).

Board Meeting dated 27 November 2017

  1. Approve the 2018 budget for Irish Water.
  2. Approve an extension of a €100m revolving credit facility with Ulster Bank Ireland DAC for up to one year.
  3. Approve the Irish Water non-domestic tariff design and transition proposals for formal submission to the CRU.
  4. Approve the award of a multi-supplier framework contract to 17 suppliers for the provision of laboratory services, equipment and associated consumables to Irish Water.
  5. Approve a capital budget for the combined Timoleague and Courtmacsherry wastewater project.
  6. Approve a capital budget for the upgrade to the Foxford, Charlestown and Killala wastewater sewerage schemes and the award of the design, build and operate contract to Glan Agua.

Board Meeting dated 11 December 2017

  1. Approve the placement of the Irish Water general insurance programme for the 2018 calendar year, including placement of the public liability insurance on a self-insured retention basis.
  2. Approve the extension of a €100m revolving credit facility between Irish Water and Danske Bank A/S for up to one year.
  3. Approve the extension of a €100m revolving credit facility between Irish Water and BNP Paribas for up to one year.
  4. Approve a capital commitments budget for Irish Water for 2018.
  5. Approve a capital budget and the award of a design, build and operate contract for the Thurles Water Supply project.
  6. Approval for Irish Water to acquire lands in Clonshaugh, County Dublin to facilitate the development of a new waste water treatment plant for the Greater Dublin Drainage Project.
  7. Approve the assignment of a lease and fit out in respect of 3rd floor 5 Harbourmaster Place, Dublin 1.
  8. Approve a variation to the design, build and operate contract for the Drogheda and Dundalk Water Supply Scheme.

The following summaries detail the decisions taken by the Board of Irish Water in 2016

Board Meeting dated 25 January 2016

  1. Approving the entry into an amendment and restatement agreement (the "Amendment and Restatement Agreement") with Danske Bank A/S ("Danske") pursuant to which the €100,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 12 March 2015 between Irish Water and Danske will be amended and restated on the terms set out in a form of facility agreement appended to the Amendment and Restatement Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Facility Agreement") tabled at the meeting.
  2. Approving the entry into an amendment and restatement agreement (the "Amendment and Restatement Agreement") with Allied Irish Banks plc ("AIB") pursuant to which the €50,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 11 March 2015 between Irish Water and AIB will be amended and restated on the terms set out in a form of facility agreement appended to the Amendment and Restatement Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Facility Agreement") tabled at the meeting.
  3. Approving the entry into an amendment and restatement agreement (the "Amendment and Restatement Agreement") with BNP Paribas, Dublin Branch ("BNP Paribas") pursuant to which the €100,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 24 March 2015 between Irish Water and BNP Paribas will be amended and restated on the terms set out in a form of facility agreement appended to the Amendment and Restatement Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Facility Agreement") tabled at the meeting.

Board Meeting dated 22 February 2016

  1. Approving, subject to Ervia Board approval, budgeted expenditure on Tranche 1 of the Irish Water Drainage Area Plan Programme, inclusive of a 10% contingency.
  2. Approving, subject to Ervia Board approval, the Irish Water IRC2 price control submission to the CRU.
  3. Approving the recommendation to the Ervia Board of the appointment of the Managing Director of Irish Water, subject to Ministerial Consent.
  4. Further meetings of the Board of Irish Water have taken place since and summaries of the decisions will be added here in due course.

Board Meeting dated 15 March 2016

  1. The Board met for the purpose of having a detailed discussion in relation to the Company’s accounts for the financial year 2015 and the issue of going concern.

Board Meeting dated 23 March 2016

  1. Considering and approving the entry into by the Company of an amendment and restatement agreement (the "Amendment and Restatement Agreement") with the Royal Bank of Canada ("RBC") pursuant to which the €100,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 21 May 2015 (the "Original Facility Agreement") between Irish Water and RBC will be amended and restated on the terms set out in a form of facility agreement appended to the Amendment and Restatement Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Facility Agreement") tabled at the meeting.
  2. Considering and approving the entry into by the Company of an amendment and restatement agreement (the "Amendment and Restatement Agreement") with HSBC Bank plc ("HSBC") pursuant to which the €100,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 21 May 2015 (the "Original Facility Agreement") between Irish Water and HSBC will be amended and restated on the terms set out in a form of facility agreement appended to the Amendment and Restatement Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Facility Agreement") tabled at the meeting.
  3. Authorising the Company to negotiate and finalise the Lease/Licence Agreements, and agreements ancillary thereto as may be necessary, in respect of Irish Water Regional Accommodation properties in Castlebar, Mullingar, Mallow and Kilkenny.
  4. Approving the increase to the Irish Water framework agreement for the provision of the Minor Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Controls and Automation (MEICA) Framework.

Board Meeting dated 15 April 2016

  1. Approving appointments of the initial trustees to the Irish Water Defined Benefit Scheme and the Irish Water Defined Contribution Scheme.
  2. Approving the transfer, for zero consideration, of the freehold interest and title of a c. 40 square feet site at Raffeen, County Cork and the granting of cable wayleaves to the ESB, for the development of a substation at the site.
  3. Evaluating going concern consideration in relation to the Irish Water financial statements.

Board Meeting dated 25 April 2016

  1. Approving a capital budget for the civil and mechanical and electrical construction works associated with a new sludge processing and dewatering plant at the Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant and the Design, Build and Operate Contract to Veolia Water Ireland.

Board Meeting dated 28 April 2016

  1. The Board met for the purpose of having a detailed discussion in relation to the Company’s accounts for the financial year 2015 and the issue of going concern.

Resolutions passed 30 May 2016

  1. Approving an amendment and restatement agreement with the National Treasury Management Agency as controller and manager of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (“ISIF”) pursuant to which the revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 25 August 2015 between the Company and ISIF will be amended and restated.
  2. Approving the entry into an amendment agreement with AIB pursuant to which the revolving credit facility made available under the Original Facility Agreement originally dated 11 March 2015 would be increased and the termination date of the increased facility would be extended up to 2 September 2017; and to cancel the revolving credit facility made available under the 2015 AIB Facility Agreement.
  3. Approving the entry into an amendment and restatement agreement with the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland (“BOI”) pursuant to which the revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 4 September 2015 between the Company and BOI will be amended and restated.

Board Meeting dated 27 June 2016

  1. Approving a capital budget for all works associated with the planning submission, commencement of detailed design, land and wayleave acquisition and construction procurement for the Greater Dublin Drainage Scheme Project. It was noted that this approval is subject to Ervia Board approval being forthcoming
  2. Approval of capital budget to deliver the water works for the Wexford town project. It was noted that this approval is subject to Ervia Board approval being forthcoming.

Resolutions passed 26 July 2016

  1. To enter into an Amendment and Restatement Agreement with Barclay’s Bank pursuant to which €100,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement will be amended and restated.
  2. Approving the capital budget for works re: Cork Lower Harbour.
  3. Approving the capital budget for works re: Dublin Docklands.
  4. Approving the conversion of Irish Water to a Designated Activity Company (DAC).

Board Meeting dated 26 August 2016

  1. Approving the Directors Compliance Statement Policy in accordance with the Companies Act 2014.

Resolution passed 22 September 2016

  1. Approving an increase in the suppressed capital maintenance budget to cover works up to the end of Q1 2017.

Resolution passed 26 October 2016

  1. Approving a capital commitment of €921m (incl. VAT) for 2017 subject to consents, confirmations and/or approvals of such Ministers of the Government as may be required.

Resolution passed 28 November 2016

  1. To enter into an Amendment Agreement with Ulster Bank Ireland DAC pursuant to which the €100,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 26th January 2015 as amended and restated on 22nd December will be amended to extend its maturity up to 31 January 2018.

Resolutions passed 12 December 2016

  1. Approving a capital budget for, and the award of, the design, build and construction works of two water treatment plants in Goldrum and Creeslough, Co. Donegal.
  2. Approving a large connection agreement.
  3. Approving the Framework Contract for the supply of boundary boxes for water meters.
  4. Approving an insurance premium budget for the placement of the Irish Water general insurance programme with the Irish Public Bodies for 2017.

Resolution passed 21 December 2016

  1. Approving a capital contribution of €96m from the Minister for Finance, the proceeds of which will be treated as having been made available pursuant to a €96m Credit Facility Agreement entered into with the Minister on 15 December 2015.

The following summaries detail the decisions taken by the Board of Irish Water in 2015

Board Meeting dated 1 September 2015

  1. Considering occupational safety metrics and trends presented for Q1 and Q2.
  2. Review of Metering Project statistics.
  3. Review of significant safety-related incidents reported in Q2.
  4. Review of HSQE inspections carried out in Q1 and Q2.
  5. Review of programmes and inductions being put in place to drive a strong safety culture.
  6. Review of programmes of work in place to deal with contractor safety compliance.
  7. Approving the development of an Ervia wide health and safety strategy/framework to be driven by each of the businesses collectively. Approving branding for the strategy.

Board Meeting dated 19 October 2015

  1. Approving the entry into an amendment and restatement agreement (the "Amendment and Restatement Agreement") with Ulster Bank Ireland Limited ("UBIL") pursuant to which the €100,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement originally dated 26 January 2015 between Irish Water and UBIL will be amended and restated on the terms set out in a form of facility agreement appended to the Amendment and Restatement Agreement tabled at the meeting.
  2. Approving, subject to Ervia board approval, the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Project.
  3. Approving the issuance of legal enforcement action, to include prosecution if necessary, by Irish Water against the Licensees/Operators detailed in a schedule tabled at the meeting for breaches of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 as amended.

Board Meeting dated 2 December 2015

  1. Considering occupational safety metrics and trends presented for the year relating to company activities, the metering programme, SLA activities and capital projects.
  2. Review of safety incidents reported in Q3.
  3. Review of top risk areas.
  4. Review of programmes of work in place to drive a strong safety culture.
  5. Approving the procedure for incident reporting to the Ervia Board.

Board Meeting dated 4 December 2015

  1. Approving, subject to Ervia Board approval, the entry into a lease from Ervia to Irish Water of the premises at Foley Street on the key commercial terms outlined at the meeting.
  2. Approving, subject to Ervia Board approval, the entry into a lease of the premises at Colvill House on the key commercial terms outlined at the meeting.
  3. Approving the entry into a term credit facility with the Minister for Finance up to an aggregate principal amount of EUR 96 million on the terms set out in the draft facility agreement tabled at the meeting.
  4. Approving the capital commitment proposed for 2016 and to obtain the necessary Ministerial Consent for the commitment.
  5. Approving the Galway Water Conservation Project Stage 3 – Mains Rehabilitation Phase 2.
  6. Approving a Major Wastewater Connection Agreement between Irish Water and Centre Parcs to facilitate the water and wastewater upgrade works necessary for the Centre Parcs Development.
  7. Approving the budget for the First Fix Programme for the period up to December 2016.
  8. Approving the Osberstown Sludge Hub Upgrade.
  9. Approving, subject to Ervia Board approval, an insurance premium budget inclusive of broker fees for the placement of the 2016 Irish Water general insurance programme in accordance with the proposal submitted.
  10. Approving the budget and contract for the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project.
  11. Authorising the Company to prosecute the persons listed in a schedule tabled at the meeting for a breach or breaches of section 16 the Local Government (Water Pollution) Acts 1977 as amended.
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