1 February 2018 Go back to News
Irish Water welcomes removal of another Clare water supply from the EPA’s Remedial Action List
Carron Water Supply in North Clare has been removed from the RAL
Irish Water is pleased to confirm that the Carron Water Supply in North Clare has been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List (RAL).
The supply which serves approximately 60 people has been removed from the RAL following the completion of an upgrade of the disinfection system at the plant. This addressed the inadequate treatment for cryptosporidium which was the reason this supply was included on the list. A long-standing boil water notice was removed from this supply at the end of 2016 and the results of ongoing testing and monitoring of the water have now confirmed its removal from the RAL
Schemes still on the RAL
There are currently five schemes in Co Clare on the RAL, serving a total population of approximately 22,000 people. They include the Turlough supply in North Clare where Irish Water has also carried out extensive upgrade work to install UV disinfection which led to the removal of a long-standing boil water notice last year. As a result of this work it is hoped that this supply will be removed from the RAL in the coming months.
An upgrade of the disinfection system for the Kilkeedy supply has also been completed and it is hoped that this supply will also be removed from the list in the coming months.
On-going projects for the schemes still on the RAL
The other schemes in Clare which remain on the RAL are Corofin, Ennistymon and the West Clare Regional Water Supply. Irish Water is working with Clare County Council to address issues at these three plants so that they can be removed from the RAL.
The Remedial Action List is updated quarterly by the EPA. Irish Water has a prioritised programme of investment for all schemes on the list and the current updated RAL which showed a reduction from 85 to 77 schemes nationwide is a reflection of this progress. By 2021 the utility aims to reduce the number of schemes on the RAL to zero.
Speaking about the RAL and the ongoing work in Clare, Irish Water’s Operations Lead, Duane O’Brien said: “Irish Water and Clare County Council are pleased to confirm that the Carron supply has now been removed from the RAL following the completion of upgrade works. We remain committed to ensuring the delivery of clean and wholesome water in the county and will continue to work with Clare County Council to address any outstanding issues with Clare’s water treatment plants.
“As a single utility Irish Water is able to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of Ireland’s drinking water production plants and where serious compliance challenges are found they can be tackled more effectively and efficiently.”