12 February 2020 Go back to News
Last Westmeath water supply removed from the EPA’s Remedial Action List
Mullingar Regional Water Supply removed from EPA's Remedial Action List
Almost 50,000 water consumers in Westmeath received good news this week following the removal of the Mullingar Regional Water Supply by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL). Upgrades carried out at the Portloman Water Treatment Plant meant that the scheme could be removed from the RAL. The latest report from the EPA shows that there are no Westmeath water supplies at risk.
The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Mullingar Regional Water Supply was given the thumbs up by the EPA following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Westmeath County Council.
Andrew Boylan, Water Compliance Specialist with Irish Water says “The publication of the latest RAL by the EPA confirms that whilst improvements have been made in many areas, the scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water in ensuring the delivery of clean and safe water in Westmeath and throughout the country remains.
What is involved?
“As a single national utility Irish Water has been able to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of Ireland’s drinking water treatment plants and focus investment where the risk to our customers is highest. Nationally Irish Water has adopted a prioritised programme of works which will require an investment of €2 billion by 2021. Significant improvements are being achieved year on year by this approach right across the country.”
Irish Water is committed to ensuring that all of its customers have safe, clean drinking water. It is working in partnership with Local Authorities to address the issues affecting the water supplies which remain on the RAL and to bring them to a standard where the EPA determines that they can be removed.
The RAL is updated quarterly by the EPA for those water supplies where investment in treatment processes is required. Irish Water has a prioritised programme of investment for all schemes on the RAL.