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Water services transition

We support the Water Services Reform Programme and the transition of services to Irish Water.

The Water Services Transition Office (WSTO) plays an active part in managing the change process involved in the transition of water services from the local authority sector to Irish Water, representing the interests of local authorities and staff.

WSTO works with the sector, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Irish Water and other stakeholders, supporting the implementation of government policy on the transition of water services to Irish Water.

This involves

  • Researching and gathering data to identify challenges as a result of the transfer to Irish Water, including implications for forward planning, economic development and pensions
  • Developing strategy papers in relation to the transition to Irish Water particularly in relation to legacy issues
  • Supporting the CCMA Water Service Committee
  • Attending, supporting and leading various transformation engagement networks
  • Central point of contact for the sector in monitoring and supporting the local authorities on issues in relation to the Irish Water/Local Authority Service Level Agreement (SLA).
  • Working closely with Irish Water on the introduction of new initiatives and facilitating ongoing communication through regional SLA groups and the Change Managers Network
  • Supporting local authorities in the delivery of Rural Water, including the future development of a shared service

Some examples of change projects we have managed and facilitated within the sector are:

  • Payroll project to generate additional data for SLA invoices to Irish Water
  • Overtime project providing detailed drill down information for Irish Water
  • Worked with the sector to develop the strategic direction for the National Laboratories Strategy.