Irish Water is progressing work on a new €1 million water reservoir & network upgrades in the Outrath area, Co. Kilkenny as part of improvement works to the Kilkenny Regional Water Supply Scheme.

The main elements of the project are the construction of a new 275m3 reservoir adjacent to the existing reservoir in the townland of Outrath, chlorine dosing facilities at the reservoir site and the installation of booster pumps and extension of the water network on the existing reservoir supply line in the townland of Springhill.

The project, which is set to benefit over 2,000 people across Co. Kilkenny, will provide a minimum of 24 hours storage for the area served from Outrath Reservoir. It will improve network pressures on the Waterford Road and Bennettsbridge Road in Kilkenny and improve disinfection facilities in the townlands of Wallslough, Furzehouse and Kilferagh.

Commenting on the announcement, Aisling Buckley, Regional Information Specialist, Irish Water said: “ Irish Water is committed to providing a high quality and secure water supply for the people of Kilkenny. The construction of a new reservoir at Outrath, Co. Kilkenny as well as the upgrade of water mains and connection services will result in benefits for residents and businesses in the area. This project is one element of the ongoing improvement works to water infrastructure in County Kilkenny. Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the works commencing and provided with contact details should they have any questions.”

Work on the project started in early August and it is anticipated that the reservoir will be fully completed by early 2017.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. In the Irish Water Business Plan, the utility has earmarked almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021.

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