Irish Water offering prize fund Tidy Towns Committees

Irish Water offering prize fund Tidy Towns Committees


Irish Water is advising Tidy Towns Committees in Clare that the closing date for submission of entries for the 2017 Irish Water Tidy Towns Value Water Awards is May 25th.

This award recognises communities that have made a strong commitment to water conservation and water protection.

The national water utility is offering a prize fund of €10,000 for the winners of the Awards which include a national prize of €2,000, 4 regional prizes for Best Large Town winner of €1,000 and 4 regional prizes for Best Small Town winner of €1,000.

Included amongst the winners of last year’s Value Water Awards was Tuamgraney in East Clare which took the award for the South and Mid-West in the Village category.

The committee in Tuamgraney received the award for their project which focused on monitoring water usage in the area. The project began in 2014 when members of the local group water scheme started to monitor the water usage of 20 houses on a weekly basis using bulk readings. Weekly checks for leaks were also conducted. As a result, leaks were detected and fixed, filters replaced and pumps serviced.

Closing date for entry for this year’s competition is Thursday May 25th and entry forms can be downloaded from ‘The Competition’ section of

For more information on the Irish Water Value Water Awards and water saving tips visit

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.