Launch of “Think Before You Flush” campaign

Irish Water deals with 2,000 sewer blockages caused by wipes every month

To launch the fifth year of the Think Before You Flush campaign, Clean Coasts in partnership with Irish Water are inviting the public to join the celebration of World Toilet Day on Thursday November 19.

The United Nations’ World Toilet Day celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people worldwide living without access to safely managed sanitation. It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

The Think Before You Flush campaign highlights the problems caused by flushing items such as wipes and cotton buds down the toilet. Research has found that 30 percent of people living in Ireland admit to flushing items such as wipes and cotton buds down the toilet, causing detrimental effects on the wastewater network and the marine environment. Every month Irish Water clears approximately 2,000 blockages from the wastewater network. About 75 percent of blockages are caused by inappropriate items such as wipes and sanitary products being flushed down the toilet. As a result of COVID-19, people are using more wipes than ever to keep hands and surfaces clean. While it is critical that we follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing and coughing etiquette, it is important that we dispose of items like wipes correctly. A simple solution is to dispose of wipes, cotton buds and other sanitary products in the bin and to only flush the 3 P’s – pee, poo and paper down the toilet.

On World Toilet Day, Clean Coasts are reminding people that our actions at home can help to keep our beaches clean. To spread awareness and celebrate World Toilet Day, Clean Coasts are running an online competition to win a year’s supply of sustainable toilet paper. Competition details on available on @TheUselessProject and @CleanCoasts Instagram pages.

Speaking about the campaign Sinead McCoy, Clean Coasts Officer said: “The Think Before You Flush campaign was set up as a result of finding sewage related waste such as wipes on Irish beaches. 80 percent of marine litter originates from inland sources. Something as simple as a wipe can travel from a flushed toilet to the ocean and finally the beach possibly causing blockages and damage to marine life as it makes its journey. We are delighted to partner with Irish Water to spread this important message. Simply put a bin in your bathroom and always #thinkb4uflush”.

Talking about the size and scale of the problem associated with flushing the wrong things down the toilet, Niall O’Riordan, Regional Operations Wastewater Lead, Irish Water said, “Every day people flush thousands of sanitary items such as wet wipes and cotton buds down the toilet instead of simply putting them in the bin. This causes blockages in our network, pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants. We clear approximately 2,000 blockages from our wastewater network every month.

Mr. O’Riordan continued “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Clean Coasts to deliver this important campaign together. We would like to thank the public for their ongoing support in the ‘Think Before You Flush’ campaign and together with Clean Coasts shine a light on the importance of World Toilet Day”.

Whilst ‘Think Before You Flush’ is a national campaign that is promoted across the country, every year we work with numerous communities including businesses and schools to deliver educational workshops and engage the local residents in the campaign.

More information about the Think Before You Flush campaign can be found at www.thinkbeforeyouflush.org

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FREE #Zumba Live stream classes for Council Social Housing Residents

FREE #Zumba Live stream classes

Why not try FREE Zumba Live stream classes for Council Social Housing Residents, tonight Wednesday 18th at 7pm

To access this private group, please use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1964023103762249/about

Brought to you by our Estate Management Team

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Redouble efforts to drive down Covid-19 – a joint appeal by the HSE, Waterford City and County Council and the Gardai

The HSE, Waterford City and County Council and the Gardai are appealing to people locally to redouble their efforts to drive down transmissions of Covid-19.

The three principal response agencies have expressed their concern at the substantial rise in figures of confirmed cases in Co. Waterford recorded by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NEPHT) over recent days.

The HSE, the local authority and the Gardai say the vast majority of the public in city and county areas have been brilliant throughout the recent level 5 and other stages of pandemic management. The three agencies acknowledge the huge sacrifices that have been made by individuals, families and communities in Co. Waterford and have reiterated the message that if people apply “the basics” that such actions to suppress the virus can and will work.

Since the declaration of the pandemic in March of this year, in general, the Waterford and South East area has excelled in efforts to maintain low levels of Covid-19 transmission. The HSE, Waterford City and County Council and the Gardai say the increase of recent days can be reversed, as has happened previously, and that things can return to moving in the right direction for the remainder of the current phase of pandemic management.

The HSE, Waterford City and County Council and the Gardai, in reminding the public to comply with Level 5 restrictions are once more highlighting the message that “it’s in our hands” – via the continued practice of the “basics”:

  • Reduce your contacts with other people.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Wash your hands.

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Local Authority Graduate Programme 2020

The Local Government Management Agency are inviting all prospective applicants to apply for the Local Authority Graduate Programme 2020.

The LGMA has been tasked with organising and co-ordinating the Graduate recruitment campaign.  All interested applicants for this recruitment campaign should access the LGMA website (see link below) where from Monday the 16th November, 2020 they will be able to download the application form and information booklet. All completed application forms must be submitted to the LGMA via the e-mail address graduates@lgma.ie

https://www.lgma.ie/en/graduates

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 3pm Thursday, 17th December, 2020.

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Notice of Local Authority Budget

Notice is hereby given that the Budget of Waterford City and County Council for the Financial Year ending 31st December 2021 has been prepared and will be considered by the Waterford City and County Council at the Budget Meeting to be held at 5.00 p.m. on Friday 27th November 2020 as a remote (on-line / virtual) meeting as provided for in the Civil and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 (Section 29) (Local Authorities) (Designation) Order 2020 (S.I No. 445 of 2020).

A copy of same can be inspected free of charge by any member of the public at the Customer Services Desks, Baileys New Street, Waterford and Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The offices are open for the transaction of official business on an appointment basis only.

A copy of the Budget of Expenses will be supplied to any person making application at a price of €5.

Michael Walsh
Chief Executive, Waterford City & County Council.
17th November 2020.

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DEADLINE: Inclusion on the annual draft Register of Electors

A new Register of Electors is compiled each year, and the draft of this is published on 1st February of the following year.

You can be included on the draft register by completing Form RFA and returning it to the Franchise Section of Waterford City and County Council.

The public is invited to check the Draft Register to make sure they are correctly registered.

You have until the 25th November 2020 to make a correction or have your name included on the draft Register. The Live Register of Electors is then published on 1st February of the following year and comes into force on the 15th February.

To be able to vote in an election or referendum, a person’s name must be entered in the Register of Electors for the locality in which the person ordinarily resides.

Please note it is a person’s own responsibility to ensure that they are registered (or de-registered), and/or to inform the local authority of a change of address. A person may be registered at one address only.

Application Forms

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Book Launch of ‘Dauntless Courage’: Celebrating the History of Dunmore East RNLI

Radio presenter Damien Tiernan will lead an online panel discussion (Wednesday 25 November at 8 pm) with ‘Dauntless Courage’ author David Carroll and Dunmore East RNLI volunteer crew members.

WLR FM radio presenter, former South East correspondent for RTE and author of ‘Souls of the Sea’ Damien Tiernan will lead the panel discussion with the author of ‘Dauntless Courage’ David Carroll who will also be joined by Dunmore East RNLI volunteer crew members Brendan Dunne and Neville Murphy. The launch is coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Glenmalure Tragedy which is featured in the book.

‘Dauntless Courage’: Celebrating the History of the Dunmore East RNLI, their crews and the Maritime Heritage of the Local Community. All proceeds from the book will be going to the local Dunmore East Lifeboat Fundraising Branch to support the saving of lives on our seas.

After several years researching and writing of the book, the public unveiling will take place online with an in-depth panel discussion of the research involved in writing the book, the characters behind the lifejackets, the many acts of courage that took place far from shore, and a look at the local community that was so often the backbone of every crew that took to sea to save those whose lives were in peril.

The online event will take place on Wednesday 25 November at 8 pm for approximately forty minutes, with a live Q&A session for attendees afterwards. Registration for the event can be made here – http://www.dunmorelifeboatbook.com/book-launch/

David Carroll, author of Dauntless Courage said: ‘What has really struck me about writing this book has been the amazing goodwill and generosity of so many people who have helped to make this book possible, especially all the interesting and historic photographs and paintings that we have been given access to for inclusion in the book’.

Damian Tiernan, WLR FM radio presenter said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to be hosting this discussion, I have a long association with members of the RNLI in Dunmore and I worked closely with them over the years. The publication is a wonderful record of all that has happened complete with superb pen portraits and descriptions of events and superbly written and produced’.

Purchase of the book can also be made at http://www.dunmorelifeboatbook.com/product/dauntless-courage/ with all proceeds from the book going to the local Dunmore East Lifeboat Fundraising Branch to support the saving of lives on our seas. Orders and further information on the book can also be made by contacting dunmorelifeboatbook@gmail.com

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Waterford Council launches Economic Incentive Scheme for Vacant Properties in Urban Areas 2021-2022

Waterford City and County Council launched an Economic Incentive Scheme to encourage new business in the core retail areas of Waterford City Centre, Dungarvan and Tramore and across all of Waterford’s town and village centres.

The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Damien Geoghegan, in welcoming the scheme said “We are working together with the City and Town Centre Management Groups to continually improve our City and Town centres. The economic incentive scheme will bring vibrancy and vitality to our core retail areas while also addressing vacancy rates.”

The scheme is intended to encourage the following businesses to take up the scheme:

  • Cosmetics / beauty products
  • Specialist Health Food shops
  • Shoe Shops
  • Toy Shops
  • Hi-tech / High-end Electronics
  • Music Shops
  • Specialist (Hobby) Stores
  • Artisan / Craft Shops Giftware/Interiors/Fashion businesses & shops
  • High End Retail – globally scaled
  • Shops offering a unique experience

The Economic Incentive Scheme is both generous and innovative. The supports offered across the three strands include a Rates exemption for the first 3 years of operation, a tiered level of start up funding totalling €6,000 alongside access to a range of soft supports from Waterford LEO and Economic Development section at Waterford Council.

The scheme is new to Waterford and expands on previous Retail Support Grants and is the most extensive scheme to date. Details of the scheme will be available soon on www.waterfordcouncil.ie and on all social media accounts.

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DEADLINE: Inclusion on the annual draft Register of Electors

A new Register of Electors is compiled each year, and the draft of this is published on 1st February of the following year.

You can be included on the draft register by completing Form RFA and returning it to the Franchise Section of Waterford City and County Council.

The public is invited to check the Draft Register to make sure they are correctly registered.

You have until the 25th November 2020 to make a correction or have your name included on the draft Register.  The Live Register of Electors is then published on 1st February of the following year and comes into force on the 15th February.

To be able to vote in an election or referendum, a person’s name must be entered in the Register of Electors for the locality in which the person ordinarily resides.

Please note it is a person’s own responsibility to ensure that they are registered (or de-registered), and/or to inform the local authority of a change of address. A person may be registered at one address only.

Application Forms

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