Water and Sewer Maintenance Arrangements

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Dear Dorset County Council,

1. Could you please provide a list of names and contact details for the Council Officers that are responsible for managing the repair and maintenance of water-mains and sewers on/within all council properties/premises.
2. Does the Council have a contractor(s) in place to deliver your statutory duties with respect to the following activities:
a. Mitigating water loss from mains on/within all council properties/premises, including offices, housing depots etc. (The Water Authorities undergo leakage detection exercises and have powers to insist leaks are repaired without delay);
b. Preventing pollution of groundwater from poorly maintained and leaking sewers on council land (recent laws place the burden for any pollution event upon the polluter – polluter pays);
c. Maintaining appropriate levels of water quality within private mains networks at council owned premises, such as housing stock areas, office premises etc. (legislation places various obligations on network owners for maintaining the quality of water on their premises and to get the appropriate approvals before upgrading/maintenance works are carried out).
3. Can you please provide the name and address of the contractor(s) currently undertaking the works activities listed in point 2 above?
4. Can you please confirm the nature of the contract that you have with these contractors and when the contract(s) is/are due to be renewed?

Yours faithfully,

Steve McElveen

Dorset County Council

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Dorset County Council

Dear Mr McElveen
I am writing further to your email below. I will take each of your
questions in turn.

1. Could you please provide a list of names and contact details for
the Council Officers that are responsible for managing the repair
and maintenance of water-mains and sewers on/within all council
properties/premises.

There are a variety of council officers responsible for managing the
repair and maintenance of water-mains and sewers on/within all council
properties/premises, most of them report to or can be instructed by Coirin
Duff who can be contacted on 01305 221922 or by email at
[email address]

2. Does the Council have a contractor(s) in place to deliver your
statutory duties with respect to the following activities:
a. Mitigating water loss from mains on/within all council
properties/premises, including offices, housing depots etc. (The
Water Authorities undergo leakage detection exercises and have
powers to insist leaks are repaired without delay);
b. Preventing pollution of groundwater from poorly maintained and
leaking sewers on council land (recent laws place the burden for
any pollution event upon the polluter ? polluter pays);
c. Maintaining appropriate levels of water quality within private
mains networks at council owned premises, such as housing stock
areas, office premises etc. (legislation places various obligations
on network owners for maintaining the quality of water on their
premises and to get the appropriate approvals before
upgrading/maintenance works are carried out).

Dorset County Council contract with a wide range of contractors in respect
of all statutory duties.

3. Can you please provide the name and address of the contractor(s)
currently undertaking the works activities listed in point 2 above?

It is not possible to supply a list of the contractors undertaking this
type of work. Dorset currently contract with over 400 contractors but data
is not held as specifically as you are requesting it. From April 2011 the
arrangements (and contractors) for contracting this work will change and
current information will no longer be relevant

4. Can you please confirm the nature of the contract that you have
with these contractors and when the contract(s) is/are due to be
renewed?

We currently have a variety of arrangements including schedules of rates,
tendered and more ad hoc arrangements, from April however all this work
will be procured through a framework which is currently being tendered.
This framework is planned to last for four years and further opportunities
to do this work will not be available until the framework has expired.

If you are not completely satisfied with my response, please contact me
again, or write to the complaints officer at: Dorset County Council,
County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ. Or you can follow
the complaints procedure that can be found on our website
www.dorsetforyou.com at
http://212.104.140.176/index.jsp?article... If your appeal is not
resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the
Information Commissioner for a decision.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council

Steve McElveen <[FOI #60602 email]>
31/01/2011 13:43

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Freedom of Information request - Water and Sewer Maintenance Arrangements

Dear Dorset County Council,

1. Could you please provide a list of names and contact details for
the Council Officers that are responsible for managing the repair
and maintenance of water-mains and sewers on/within all council
properties/premises.
2. Does the Council have a contractor(s) in place to deliver your
statutory duties with respect to the following activities:
a. Mitigating water loss from mains on/within all council
properties/premises, including offices, housing depots etc. (The
Water Authorities undergo leakage detection exercises and have
powers to insist leaks are repaired without delay);
b. Preventing pollution of groundwater from poorly maintained and
leaking sewers on council land (recent laws place the burden for
any pollution event upon the polluter ? polluter pays);
c. Maintaining appropriate levels of water quality within private
mains networks at council owned premises, such as housing stock
areas, office premises etc. (legislation places various obligations
on network owners for maintaining the quality of water on their
premises and to get the appropriate approvals before
upgrading/maintenance works are carried out).
3. Can you please provide the name and address of the contractor(s)
currently undertaking the works activities listed in point 2 above?
4. Can you please confirm the nature of the contract that you have
with these contractors and when the contract(s) is/are due to be
renewed?

Yours faithfully,

Steve McElveen

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Dear Dorset County Council,

Thank you for your prompt and helpful response, much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Steve McElveen

Dorset County Council

We acknowledge receipt of your request for information.
This will now be passed to the relevant area(s) of the authority and a
response sent within 20 working days.
If for any reason we cannot respond in full within 20 days, we will let you
know.

"This e-mail is intended for the named addressee(s) only and may contain information about individuals or other sensitive information and should be handled accordingly. Unless you are the named addressee (or authorised to receive it for the addressee) you may not copy or use it, or disclose it to anyone else. If you have received this email in error, kindly disregard the content of the message and notify the sender immediately. Please be aware that all email may be subject to recording and/or monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation."

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