This supply was on the list due to elevated levels of trihalomethanes (THMs)
Irish Water is pleased to confirm that an additional 60 customers in Co Kerry have been removed from the EPA’s Remedial Action List following the completion of upgrade work on the water treatment plant in Lauragh.
This work involved commissioning a new borehole to replace the old source, thereby addressing issues with trihalomethanes (THMs) in the supply.
A total of 11 water supply schemes in Kerry remain on the RAL, the largest of which is the Lough Guitane Water Supply Scheme. Irish Water is currently developing a new €30 million water treatment plant in Lough Guitane to serve over 62,000 people in the mid-Kerry region. This project is due to be completed later this year.
In addition to this, we are investing €4.5m to upgrade the water treatment plant in Kenmare while also progressing with upgrades to the water supplies of Kilgarvan and Mountain Stage.
Removal of schemes from RAL
A contractor has also been approved for the upgrade of filtration at Caherdaniel, Castlecove and Caragh Lake water treatment plants. Works are due to be completed this year which should facilitate the removal of these schemes from the RAL.
Speaking about the RAL and the ongoing work in Kerry, Ian O’Mahony, Irish Water’s Operations Lead for the county, said “We are pleased to confirm that the Lauragh Water Supply Scheme, serving approximately 60 people, has now been removed from the RAL. This supply was on the list due to elevated levels of THMs. In order to address this, the old supply was replaced with a new borehole source which provides a better quality of raw water.
As a single utility Irish Water is able to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of Ireland’s drinking water treatment plants and where serious compliance challenges are found they can be tackled more effectively and efficiently. The investment of €30m in the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme and Irish Water’s other investments in the county is proof of our commitment to addressing these challenges.”
Reducing the number of schemes on the RAL to zero
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 is a reflection of this progress. By 2021 we plan to reduce the number of schemes on the RAL to zero.
For more information about Irish Water's ongoing projects across the country, please visit our Projects and Plans page.