21 December 2016 Go back to News
Investment of €4.5 million in Lough Egish Water Supply Project to benefit 12,000 people
Irish Water has signed a contract with Coffey Water Ltd to upgrade of the Lough Egish Regional Water Supply which will see a €4.5 million investment in the Kilkit Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to benefit approximately 12,000 consumers in Co Monaghan including Ballybay, Rockcorry and Castleblaney.
The works to be undertaken by Irish Water will see the upgrade of the existing Kilkit WTP and intake at Lough Bawn, together with associated site and ancillary works. Once completed the upgraded treatment plant will have an increased design output of 5.5MLD.
The upgrading of the Kilkit WTP will ensure that the plant can meet the current water demand whilst also providing capacity to meet future development needs. This project will also ensure that treated water from the scheme complies with the current Drinking Water Quality Regulations and will enable removal of the supply from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List.
The project is being delivered in partnership with Monaghan County Council and works are due to commence in early Q1 2017. Irish Water expects these works to be completed towards the end of 2017.
Commenting on the works Declan Cawley, Water Programmes Regional Lead at Irish Water said: “Irish Water is pleased to deliver this project to improve and safeguard the water supply to Lough Egish Water Supply Scheme. This is one of the many investments Irish Water is making to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure in Ireland that is in need of critical investment.”
The Lough Egish Regional Water Supply Scheme is currently served from Kilkit WTP, located at Shantonagh, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan. It currently abstracts raw water from Lough Bawn, located approximately 5km south of the treatment plant. The current treatment process at the Kilkit WTP results in the scheme being at risk of failure to meet all drinking water quality standards and the scheme has therefore been listed for remedial action by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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 recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.