1 December 2015 Go back to News
Investment of €1.9 Million to improve drinking water quality and supply in Meath
Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, in partnership with Meath County Council, will shortly commence work on a major upgrade of the drinking water supply scheme serving over 15,000 homes and businesses in Meath.
The existing water treatment plant was built almost 35 years ago and now requires substantial investment to upgrade the treatment processes and expand the capacity of the plant. Upon completion the many homes and businesses in Kells, Oldcastle, Crossakiel, Kilskyre, Dromone, Carlanstown and surrounding area will benefit from an improved quality of drinking water and security of supply to meet current and future demand. Irish Water expects to commence work on the upgrade in January 2016 with an estimated completion of December 2016.
“Ensuring a safe and secure drinking water supply for the many towns and villages across Ireland is vital in supporting the continued social and economic development that is underway across the country,” said David Murphy, Capital Delivery, Irish Water. “By taking a national approach to the delivery of water services we can ensure that all communities can benefit from our investment as we progress addressing the acknowledged deficiencies that exist across the network.”
EPS Ltd have been appointed by Irish Water and Meath County Council to carry out this vital upgrade.
This investment is in addition to the €5.7 million upgrade of the Oldcastle Sewerage Scheme which was completed in May 2014. Treatment of wastewater at the new plant uses the latest technology to meet the required environmental standards and delivers an improvement in the water quality in the River Inny.
Irish Water invested €340m in improving water and wastewater services in 2014 and will invest over €410 million in improving water services during 2015. This spend will increase over subsequent years. Capital investment of approximately €600m per year is required for a sustained period of several decades, in order to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure.