Guernsey Water Annual Report 2016

Guernsey Water 2016 Annual Report PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT annualreport2016 15 Belle Greve Outfalls Replacement (phase 4) Commissioning of our new outfalls was completed in 2015. However the contractual maintenance period did not expire until October 2016 following a successful period of performance. A dive survey in July and August showed the outfalls were performing as expected and no major issues were found. New pumps were installed in the storm pumping station at Belle Greve Wastewater Centre that now meet design standards and permit requirements for discharging flow in storm conditions. Fort George Water quality modelling in 2016 has confirmed the environmental requirements for our improvement of this discharge. We are working with our regulator and estate management company to progress delivery of a cost effective solution in 2017. Business Performance Bathing Water Compliance Sampling showed deterioration in bathing water quality in 2016. We are working with the States’ bathing water quality partnership to improve water quality management in the catchment of streams that pose a risk to bathing water quality. This is of particular relevance to Guernsey Water customers in catchments such as Petit Bot where we also collect water for the supply of drinking water. Business Initiatives ! 3 5 On Target = Satisfactory progress but not all 2016 tagets met = 2016 targets missed = Business Initiative Description Target Date 2016 Progress Performance Catchment To manage the quality of the 2016 onwards Following the ongoing review of oil storage defects in Management water we capture for treatment liaison with the fuel supply companies, the number of out we will adopt a risk-based of date defective units reduced from 448 at the start of approach to the use of pesticides, the year to 153 at the end. As a result of our Drinking Water herbicides and fertilisers while Safety Planning we re-prioritised our effort to focus on seeking to prohibit high risk our highest risk catchments and their water quality risks; chemicals. We will audit high this work is ongoing. risk oil installations and poorly maintained cesspits. Bathing Water Collaborative partnership with 2016 onwards Regular meetings held during the year. Investigations into Partnership other stakeholders to protect water quality issues at Pembroke/L’Ancresse beaches have and improve the quality of the not identified a proven source of contamination. island’s bathing waters. Trade Effluent Liaison with our regulator to 2016 – 2017 Our input has ensured that this need is understood by our Management ensure that the forthcoming regulator and a mechanism for including this within the Water Pollution Ordinance ordinance has been agreed with the Law Officers. provides adequate powers for However, because of delays to drafting, it is likely that full control of trade effluents. implementation will not be achieved by the end of 2017. Bathing Water This plan will assess the impact 2016 – 2017 Phase two of a three-phase approach to this initiative was Management of potential contamination completed during the year; it indicates that the main risk sources (streams and overflows) to bathing water quality is streams. The cost and benefits on bathing waters. of phase three (providing real time bathing water quality alerts) is currently being assessed. Demand This strategy will co-ordinate 2016 – 2020 Our management of the demand for water is intrinsically Management the delivery of our demand onwards linked with the progress of our Water Resources Strategy management measures for: Management Plan (see Sufficient and Resilient), which will • Water supply inform the level of work needed on leakage and pressure • Wastewater collection management. Our Integrated Drainage Strategy will consider surface water management and infiltration reduction (see Effective Drainage). Office Waste Ensure that waste production 2016 – 2018 In 2016 reduced lighting during the bright summer months Management and consumption of resources saved around 25kWH/day of power. We also digitised our is minimised within our office water sampling procedure and implemented online access environment. to enable meetings to go paperless. Recycling and waste monitoring was also a key consideration for the tendering of our Brickfield House office cleaning contract. This will enable us to track our ongoing efforts to minimise office waste. 3 3 3 ! ! 3 4 Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 Our priority was to ensure our discharges do not have an unacceptable impact on the environment.