Irish Water welcomes the announcement of the lifting of the bathing water prohibition notice that was issued on Kilkee Beach

Irish Water has welcomed the announcement that the HSE, working in conjunction with Clare County Council, have lifted the bathing water prohibition notice that was issued on Kilkee Beach in Co. Clare yesterday (Monday).

The revised bathing water prohibition notice was issued following excess rainfall over the weekend which gave rise to a concern that elevated levels of bacteria could be present in the bathing water. Following testing of the water yesterday the bathing water notice was lifted today.

This comes after the lifting of a separate precautionary bathing prohibition notice that was issued on the beach last Wednesday. This was removed following a successful sampling programme which was completed on Monday morning.

The original precautionary notice was put in place following an electrical malfunction at the 40 year old Kilkee Pump Station in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Irish Water reacted promptly and had the plant back up and running by 11am that morning.

Irish Water will continue with its programme of upgrade works to the Kilkee Pump Station which will be complete in a couple of months. Due to the complex nature of these works some elements have been completed but the full programme of works will take a couple of more months to be finalised.

In welcoming the announcing that both bathing prohibition notices have been lifted, Irish Water’s regional lead for Co Clare, Maurice Hourigan said “Irish Water is delighted that these two bathing prohibition notices have been lifted. It is business as usual in Kilkee and we are keen to continue with our upgrade works to the Kilkee Pump Station which represent a €500,000 investment by Irish Water in the town.

We had a very successful meeting with Kilkee Chamber of Commerce this morning and outlined to them the issues that Irish Water encountered at the Kilkee Pump Station and the plans that are in place to upgrade this 40 year old asset and we look forward to working with them in the future for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors to Kilkee and surrounding areas.”

Cillian Murphy, Kilkee Chamber of Commerce, added “We are happy to have had a very constructive and positive meeting with Irish Water today. It has led to a much deeper understanding of the constraints and concerns that both sides operate under.

Kilkee Chamber are happy that Irish Water have set in motion a process that will deliver a system to avoid any repetitions of last week’s occurrence. We also welcome the fact that the design phase for a new waste water treatment plant in Kilkee has commenced and all going well will be ready to go out to tender by the end of 2018.”

Apologising for this latest incident Mr Hourigan said “Irish Water would like to apologise to locals and visitors to the Kilkee area for this recent incident which is now resolved and assure them that the programme of necessary upgrade works to the existing Kilkee Pump Station will continue for another couple of months. Once complete the pump station should be resilient to normal weather events.”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published 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.

For more details, view the Irish Water Business Plan.


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