Over 2,000 people in the Kenmare area of Co Kerry are set to benefit from a safer and more reliable water supply as a result of a €4.5m investment by Irish Water in partnership with Kerry County Council. A contract has been signed with Glan Agua Limited to carry out significant upgrade works at the existing water treatment plant in Kenmare on behalf of Irish Water.
The current treatment plant at Kenmare does not provide adequate treatment for cryptosporidium or Trihalomethanes (THMs). Due to these treatment deficiencies, Kenmare has been included on the EPA’s Remedial Action List. This project will involve the upgrade of the existing water treatment plant in Kenmare to include a flocculation, coagulation and filtration process. It is estimated that works will start in early 2017 and will take approximately 12 months to complete.
Gerry O'Donnell, Regional Programme Lead with Irish Water, commented: “The upgrades to the water treatment plant in Kenmare will address the water quality treatment deficiencies at Kenmare, which will enable the removal of 2,200 people from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL). These works will provide a secure and sustainable supply of quality drinking water to Kenmare.”
Long term availability of water for the Kenmare area remains an issue and Irish Water will be pursuing sustainable longer term sources in subsequent investment programmes.
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.
In August of this year, construction work got underway on the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme, a €30 million project to build a new water treatment plant on Lough Guitane, providing a total of 62,000 residents and over 1.2 million tourists with a safe and secure drinking water supply.

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