Irish Water, working in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, has confirmed it will invest over €10 million to upgrade the Inistioge and Thomastown Water Supply Schemes, providing a safer, more reliable and secure water supply for over 4,000 customers in the area.

A contract has been signed with Ward and Burke Construction Ltd to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete.

This project targets water quality and supply issues in the Inistioge area. It will enable the removal of the Inistioge supply from the EPA’s Remedial Action List. The works also enhances the supply and treatment capacity at Thomastown.

The work includes the upgrade of the Thomastown Water Treatment Plant and the construction of new reservoirs at Thomastown and Inistioge. It will also involve the construction of 17.6km of new water mains linking Inistioge with the existing Thomastown Water Supply Scheme to replace the existing surface water source in Inistioge.

Lisa Cogan of Irish Water commented: “We are very pleased to be progressing with this project in Kilkenny, which represents an investment of €10 million by Irish Water.

When it is complete, residents, businesses and the agricultural community in Thomastown, Inistioge and the surrounding rural areas will benefit from better drinking water quality, reduced disruptions to supply, improved security of supply and water pressure. The work will enable the removal of the Inistioge scheme from the EPA’s Remedial Action List by replacing the supply with a more sustainable supply.”

The project will include:

  • Construction of approximately 17.6km of new trunk mains and rising mains
  • Development of new/existing borewells in the townland of Grennan.
  • Construction of a new 1.3 million litre reservoir, at Thomastown
  • Upgrade of treatment facilities at Thomastown
  • Construction of a new 560,000 litre reservoir in the townland of Kilmacshane, Inistioge
  • Construction of a new booster pumping station at Kilcross
  • Upgrade works at the Ballygub reservoir and decommissioning of existing water treatment plant
  • Upgrading of existing booster station at Woodstock, Inistioge.

Irish Water and the project team will work closely with the local community to minimise the impact on residents, businesses and road users while the work is underway. The project team will also ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.

For additional information, customers can contact the Irish Water customer care line at 1850 278 278 or visit our service and supply section.


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