2 December 2019 Go back to News
193 people in Kerry now have safe drinking water
Good news following removal of Castlecove water supply from the Remedial Action List
Almost 200 water consumers in Kerry received good news this week following the removal of Castlecove water supply by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL). The latest report from the EPA shows that Irish Water has reduced the number of schemes on the RAL in Kerry from 41 to 4 since 2015.
The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Castlecove water supply has been given the thumbs up by the EPA following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Kerry County Council.
Works continuing on other Kerry water supplies
Works are continuing on 4 other Kerry water supplies with a view to having them removed from the RAL as soon as possible. Works are underway to connect Barraduff and Shrone water supplies to the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme. Works on Mountain Stage and Caragh Lake are due to be completed by the end of this year.
Paul Cremin, Capital Programme Regional Lead says “The publication of the latest RAL by the EPA confirms that whilst improvements have been made in many areas, the scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water in ensuring the delivery of clean and safe water in Kerry and throughout the country remains.
“As a single national utility, Irish Water has been able to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of Ireland’s drinking water treatment plants and focus investment where the risk to our customers is highest. Nationally Irish Water has adopted a prioritised programme of works, which will require an investment of €2 billion by 2021. Significant improvements are being achieved year on year by this approach right across the country.”
Our commitment to safe, clean drinking water
Irish Water is committed to ensuring that all of its customers have safe, clean drinking water. It is working in partnership with Local Authorities to address the issues affecting the water supplies which remain on the RAL and to bring them to a standard where the EPA determines that they can be removed.
The RAL is updated quarterly by the EPA for those water supplies where investment in treatment processes is required. Irish Water has a prioritised programme of investment for all schemes on the RAL.
Fore more information on project upgrades in Kerry or your local area visit our Projects and Plans section