11 December 2018 Go back to News
Muff NS students learn about the story of water to mark the official opening of new water treatment plant in Kingscourt
To celebrate the official opening of the Kingscourt Water Treatment Plant following an investment of €4 million by Irish Water, local school children got involved in some fun and educational activities to learn more about the story of water and the significance of this new facility for their area.
Tour of the newly commissioned water treatment plant
School children from Muff National School outside Kingscourt enjoyed a tour of the newly commissioned water treatment plant. At the plant they learned about the steps involved in treating raw water to make it safe and compliant for customers to drink and use in food preparation and their daily lives.
Mark Rooney, General Manager Veolia Water Ireland, brought the children around the plant and explained in detail where the raw water comes from, what steps it goes through at the plant to make it potable, and what happens it when it leaves the plant.
The Story of Water - From Source to Tap
Before the tour, the students watched Irish Water’s video The Story of Water – From Source to Tap which takes viewers through the complex process involved in treating water to ensure it is safe to drink by the time it comes out of the kitchen tap.
The video describes the water treatment process, how water is transformed from its raw state in rivers, lakes and underground aquafers to a safe drinking supply for homes, schools and businesses.
They also engaged in some interesting experiments and had lots of questions for the Irish Water staff who facilitated the school visit and tour of the plant in partnership with Veolia.
Commenting on the importance of these educational events, Irish Water’s Regional Communications Lead Toni Bourke said: “Water is one of the most essential resources on earth, critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity. The provision of clean drinking water and the disposal of wastewater in a manner that protects the environment is vital to our daily lives, and for economic and social development, which is why these events are critical for educating and informing our future generations about the severe stress our water services are under. Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of water services to approximately 80 per cent of the population and we are delighted that customers in the Kingscourt area are now enjoying a safe, secure and compliant supply following the recent works.”
Ensuring an improved and more reliable quality of water for 3,200 customers
Adding to this Mark Rooney, General Manager Veolia Water Ireland said: “The visit around the newly commissioned water treatment plant in Kingscourt with the children from Muff NS was not just a lot of fun, but it was also a very important opportunity to explain to our future engineers, teachers, and trades people, the importance of a clean and safe water supply in their everyday lives. Veolia Water Ireland are delighted to work with Irish Water in delivering these events and we look forward to many more across the country.”
Irish Water working in partnership with Cavan County Council celebrated the official opening of the Kingscourt Water Treatment Plant which was performed by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation and Cllr Madeleine Argue, Cathaoirleach Cavan County Council.
Removal from the EPA's Remedial Action List
This essential project, which was carried out by Veolia Water Ireland in consultation with Byrne Looby, will ensure many benefits for the area including the capacity for future population growth.
The new water treatment plant in Kingscourt, which was constructed following a €4 million investment by Irish Water, is ensuring an improved and more reliable quality of water for 3,200 customers in the Kingscourt area.
The Kingscourt scheme has also been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List as a result of these works.
For more information on our ongoing projects around the country, please visit our Projects and Plans page.