Improving water quality across Roscommon

Irish Water and Roscommon County Council staff hosted Shannonside’s Mary Claire Greally Show at the recently upgraded North Roscommon Water Treatment Plant to update communities across the county on the progress made to improving their water quality over the last four years.

The completed upgrade at the North Roscommon Treatment Plant provides comprehensive treatment facilities including a cryptosporidium barrier and has led to the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), a list which highlights at-risk schemes.

Six new water treatment plants constructed in Roscommon

Following an investment of over €40m by Irish Water working in partnership with Roscommon County Council there have also been six new water treatment plants constructed in County Roscommon including Killeglan, Lisbrock, Boyle/Ardcarne, Roscommon Central, Arigna and North East Roscommon. There have also been two major upgrades in Castlerea and North Roscommon. Ballinlough now receives its water supply from Lough Mask in Co Mayo which was completed as part of a large scale €10 million investment and a project to improve the quality of water for people living in Grangemore is currently underway. There is also significant work underway throughout the county through Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme.

Speaking at the Radio Broadcast, Laura Henghan Irish Water, said “I am delighted to be here at the North Roscommon Water Treatment Plant for this outside broadcast. It is a great opportunity for us to tell the listeners in Roscommon the important work being carried out by ourselves and our partners in Roscommon County Council on their water infrastructure. Providing a secure supply of clean, safe, drinking water for local residents and visitors to the area is essential to the quality of life and development potential of the area. The investment in water infrastructure brings very significant benefits to this community now and into the future. This, and the other new treatment plants in Roscommon clearly highlights Irish Water’s and the local authority’s commitment to the people of Roscommon and the west of Ireland.”

Projects are essential for economic and social growth

Senior Engineer John O’Rourke from Roscommon County Council added  “These Irish Water and Roscommon County Council projects are essential for the economic and social growth of our county. We hope that this outside broadcast can reassure the local communities and visitors to County Roscommon that the drinking water here is of the highest quality.”

In 2014, there were 25,000 people in Roscommon on long term Boil Water Notices and over 40,000 people supplied from 10 water supply schemes on the EPA’s RAL for inadequate water treatment. Following an investment of over €40 million by Irish Water working in partnership with Roscommon County Council in water treatment in Roscommon, today, there is nobody in the county left on a long term Boil Water Notice and by the end of 2019 there will be no supplies in Roscommon on the EPA’s RAL.  

Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. 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.

Our projects across Ireland

For more information on how we are improveing our water and wastewater services across the country, visit our Projects and Plans page.

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