Works are part of an €8.4m investment in the North Leitrim Regional Supply Scheme to benefit 9,000 people

Irish Water, Leitrim County Council and Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English TD, today turned the sod to mark the official start of upgrade works to the Moneyduff Water Treatment Plant in North Leitrim. The works are part of an €8.4 million investment by Irish Water in the North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme.

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.

In addition to the upgrade works at the Moneyduff Plant, the project also involves the decommissioning 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.

Part of the project was complete last year to facilitate the lifting of the Kiltyclogher Boil Water Notice in December benefitting over 300 people. Eleven kilometres of mains were laid to extend the network to Rossinver and Kiltyclogher along with the construction of the new pumping station at Cooladonnell to pump the water across to Kiltyclogher.

Speaking at today’s sod turning, David McLoone, Irish Water Asset Management, said “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 stating “The upgrade works at the Moneyduff Water Treatment Plant will increase the capacity of the plant by over 50%, as well as works at Lough Gill to facilitate the required water abstraction. Eleven kilometres of water mains were laid last summer along with the construction of a new pumping station at Cooladonnell to pump water across to Kiltyclogher. This extension of the network allowed for the decommissioning of two water treatment plants at Rossinver and Kiltyclogher and more crucially has already facilitated the lifting of the boil water notice affecting approximately 300 people in Kiltyclogher in December.”

EPS Group will carry out the works on behalf of Irish Water and it is estimated that the remaining works will be completed in one year. Speaking at the sod turning, Minister English said "The investment by Irish Water into the Moneyduff Water Treatment plant will mean that the people of North Leitrim will have access to a fresh and consistent water supply, something that is often taken for granted, but is essential for everyday living.

This much needed infrastructure will ensure that when people and businesses turn on the taps that there will be clean, safe water supply flowing through the pipes. With a safe and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure, social and economic development can happen for a region. Having this infrastructure in place is a vital element in improving North Leitrim's economic and social offering.”

Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Mary Bohan, added “On behalf of Leitrim County Council, I welcome the investment of €8.4m in the North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme. This upgrade is essential in order to provide a safe and secure water supply for the people of North Leitrim and to enhance economic and agriculture development in the area. I am confident that with this investment we will see the end of the boil water notices that we have recently seen in areas of North Leitrim.”

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.

For more information, please view the Irish Water Business Plan in full.

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