Water consumers in the Fintown area of Co. Donegal are set to benefit from a €1.1 million investment by Irish Water which will connect the Fintown water supply to the Glenties supply and ensure improved water quality to the Fintown area.

As part of the project Irish Water is replacing almost 5km of watermains in the Glenties, Fintown and Meenahalla areas as well as the construction of two booster pumping stations.

This supply is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL) for high levels of THMs and these works are being undertaken to remove any risk posed by THMs.

Breaking down the works, Irish Water will replace 1km of watermains in Fintown, 2.9km in Glenties and 800m in Meenahalla. The two booster pumping stations will be constructed at Shallogans and Straboy.

Irish Water’s Capital Programme Project Manager, Patrick Carty, said “These important works for the Fintown area have commenced and are expected to be completed in the next three to four months. The Fintown water supply is currently on the EPA’s RAL due to elevated levels of THMs above the standard in the Drinking Water Regulations and these works will improve the quality of water in the Fintown area by connecting to the Glenties water supply.”

Irish Water has put in place the first national THM plan and a prioritised programme of investment to address all inadequacies in drinking water parameters including THMs. By 2021 the utility plans to reduce the number of schemes on the RAL to zero with an investment of €327 million in upgrading water supplies at risk from THMs.

THMs, or trihalomethanes, are chemicals formed by the reaction of naturally occurring dissolved organic material with chlorine which is used for disinfection in order to protect against pathogenic bacteria.

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

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