Ballyhaise public water supply given thumbs up by the EPA

Almost 700 water consumers in Cavan received good news this week following the removal of one of its water supplies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL).

The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Ballyhaise public water supply has been given the thumbs up by the EPA following upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Cavan County Council.

What is involved?

Ballyhaise public water supply, which sources its supply from Annagh Group Water Scheme, was placed on the RAL in 2019 for inadequate disinfection and following upgrade works on the network, disinfection performance improved to the satisfaction of the EPA allowing the scheme to the removed from the RAL.

Pat O’Sullivan, Regional Compliance Specialist with Irish Water commented 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 Cavan and throughout the country remains. Six schemes remain on the RAL in County Cavan and significant works are underway in order to address the risks associated with these schemes.

Investment plan

“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.”

Irish Water is committed to addressing 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.

More information

For more information on supply visit our Water Supply section. For updates visit our Water Supply Updates page.


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