Delivering Value to the Water Services Sector
The Water Services Operators Group (WSOG) is a sub-committee of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, a professional and innovative group who offer unique technical expertise. Members of the water services operators group provide solutions to ensure the quality and safety of Ireland’s drinking water and environment.
The water services operators group works in partnership with Uisce Eireann by operating and maintaining Irelands wastewater and water treatment infrastructure, a strategically important element of the states long-term objectives to support economic growth and protect the environment.
Patrick Buckley, President
Water Service Operators Group
Members of the Water Services Operators Group
The Role of the Water Services Operators Group in Water Treatment
The Water Services Operators Group (WSOG) represents members of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) and Construction Industry Federation (CIF) who specialize in the operation and maintenance of water treatment and wastewater treatment plants in Ireland. They also participate in the design and construction of these plants. WSOG plays an active role in promoting industry standards and supporting the welfare and interests of their members. WSOG members operate over 150 Waste Water Treatment Plants and 200 Water Treatment Plants, representing over 10% and 25% of all plants in Ireland, respectively. They employ over 600 direct employees and over 750 indirect employees, and support over 500 employees in the supply chain. WSOG members focus on employee well-being and quality, implementing health and well-being programs and operating to industry standards. They also commit to corporate social responsibility and support community projects in Ireland. WSOG’s activities align with Irish Water’s Sustainability and Innovation objectives for 2023-2030.
Waste Water and Water Treatment Plants Operated in Ireland by Members of the Water Services Operators Group
Delivering value to the Water Services Sector
Read more about the Water Services Operators Group
CECA: Water Services Operators Group Policy Document
Read about the benefits & value of delivering water and wastewater treatment infrastructure and the recommendations to improve DBO model.
High Level Statistics of the Water Services Operators Group
Infographic containing statistical information on the Water Services Operators Group operations services, including employment levels & technical expertise
for the water services operators group
Director of Main Contracting
As Director of Main Contracting Services with the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Paul provides administrative leadership of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Master Builders and Contractors Association. He is also the secretary to the CIF’s Procurement, Tendering and Contractual Matters Policy Sub-Committee. Paul is a Chemical Engineering Graduate, and holds a postgraduate diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration. He also has experience in and holds qualifications in Strategy and Innovation, Business Transformation, Organisation Development, Leadership, Lean 6-Sigma and Strategic HR. Paul began his career as a Contracts Manager in the Water and Waste Water Industry. He previously worked in the Tendering and Contracting Department in the CIF before working as an Executive in the Industrial Property Development sector. Since then, Paul has worked with Engineers Ireland and the Royals College of Surgeons in areas of policy development, governance, internal consultancy, membership support and service, advocacy, representation, quality assurance and process excellence, accreditation, academic and professional education, training, strategy and business transformation.
Executive, Main Contracting
Alison Irving joined the CIF as an administrator in 2008 and has been an Executive since 2013 and Secretary to the Civil Engineering Contractors Association since 2016. She provides assistance and guidance to members on issues relating to prequalification, tendering, contractual matters and disputes amongst other matters. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree, a Masters’ degree in Criminal Justice and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2014.
Administrator, Main Contracting
Helen Early joined the CIF in 2023. Helen provides support to the Executive CECA and MBCA Councils. Also responsible for providing support to Environment Social & Governance, Procurement Tendering & Contractual Matters, Water Services Operators Group and Liaison Sub-Committees.