16 September 2016 Go back to News
Irish Water investing €8.4m in North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme benefitting 9,000 consumers
Project provides solution to Kiltyclogher boil water notice
Irish Water, working in partnership with Leitrim County Council, has announced an investment of €8.4 million in the North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme which will benefit 9,000 consumers.
The project involves an upgrade to the Moneyduff Water Treatment Plant, the decommission of the Kiltyclogher and Rossinver Water Treatment Plants, the extension of the distribution network to these areas as well as the construction of a new pumping station at Cooladonnell.
The contract for the necessary upgrades at the water treatment plant was signed today (Friday 16 September) and EPS will carry out the works on behalf of Irish Water. It is estimated that following the completion of the design phase, construction works will commence in December 2016 and are expected to be completed in one year.
Irish Water Asset Management Lead, David McLoone, commented: “These works will ensure the people of North Leitrim will benefit from robust water treatment facilities and a safe and secure water supply into the future.”
Mr McLoone further explained the scope of the works: “The upgrade works at the Moneyduff Water Treatment Plant will increase the design output of the plant by over 50%, as well as works at Lough Gill to facilitate the required water abstraction. In addition, the network extension to Rossinver and Kiltyclogher commenced on site during the summer which sees the lying of 11km of water mains and the construction of a new pumping station at Cooladonnell to pump the water across to Kiltyclogher. This extension of the network will allow for the decommissioning of two water treatment plants at Rossinver and Kiltyclogher once connected to the North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme and more crucially will address the current boil water notice affecting approximately 300 people in Kiltyclogher.”
Residents, businesses and the agricultural community in north Leitrim, including the Kiltyclogher area, will benefit from improved drinking water quality, reduced disruptions to supply, improved security of supply and improved water pressure. Water from this scheme will also be compliant with requirements set out in the European Union Drinking Water Directive and National Drinking Water Regulations.
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 €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.