Irish Water has delivered two new work vehicles to Mayo County Council as part of its ongoing strategy to improve the service delivered to customers on Iniskturk and Clare Island.
The provision of these new on road/off road vehicles will help ensure staff working on the two islands continue to deliver an efficient and reliable service to customers in greater safety, while at the same time significantly reducing overall operating costs.
The new vehicles will be operated by Mayo County Council on behalf of Irish Water, and will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the water networks on both islands, in routine, reactive and emergency situations.
The Irish Water fleet team collaborated with fleet suppliers, Mayo County Council and local authority staff to develop a fit for purpose vehicle specification that would meet all operational requirements.
This resulted in the selection of an on road/off road type utility vehicle as the most suitable for operation on these islands.
Ger Greally, Irish Water’s Operations Lead for Mayo, commented: “We are delighted to be in a position to hand over these two new vehicles to Mayo County Council. This investment in modern, efficient vehicles will enable personnel to carry out their work in a much safer and more efficient manner, ultimately improving the service we offer to our customers.
“This investment is in line with Irish Water’s commitment to developing a systematic approach to the operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater networks in order to continue to deliver a quality service to all our customers.”
Iarla Moran, Head of Water Services with Mayo County Council added: “We are very pleased to take delivery of these new service vehicles. Having efficient, modern vehicles will ensure that our staff can continue to provide top class delivery of water services to the people of Inishturk and Clare Island.”
Irish Water, in partnership with local authorities, will have invested over €16m in upgrading its fleet nationally by the end of 2018. This is essential in order to deliver on its commitment to deliver quality, fit-for-purpose water and wastewater services for all our customers.
Pictured are Dominic Mulchrone, Mulchrone Bros Westport, (suppliers); JJ Lewis, Fleet Manager, Eriva; Michael Moran Clare Island water caretaker; Robert O’Toole Inishturk water caretaker; Patrick Corcoran, Executive Engineer, Mayo County Council; Paddy Cummins, GSS Mayo County Council; Iarla Moran, Head of Water Services, Mayo County Council; and Ger Greally, Asset Operations Lead, Irish Water. Photo: Frank Dolan