Irish Water has signed a contract with Coffey Water for the upgrade of the Owenteskna Public Water Supply which will see a €4 million investment in a new water treatment plant and reservoir to benefit approximately 4,000 consumers in the South West Donegal area covering the area west of Killybegs including Kilcar, Carrick and Glencolumcille.

The scheme is supplied from Lough Nalughraman, an impounded upland source which provides a good quality raw water supply. The lake water receives minimal treatment congsisting of screening and disinfection. As a result, the Owenteskna/Kilcar Water Supply scheme is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL).

This contract will see the construction of a state of the art water treatment plant on a new site at Owenteskiny Townland, Carrick, in the vicinity of the existing disinfection house. The new treatment plant will comprise a robust flocculation, coagulation and filtration process, followed by UV disinfection to mitigate against the risk of contamination.

The new treatment plant has a design output in 2MLD and the contract also includes for treated water storage at the treatment plant and for source protection works and access improvements to the source.

Works are due to commence on site early in 2017 and are expected to be completed in one year.

The project is being delivered in partnership with Donegal County Council and when completed and tested, this contract will enable this water supply to be removed from the EPA’s RAL and will ensure consumers in the south west Donegal area will receive a reliable supply of high quality drinking water.

This project and forms part of the major investment of €73 million committed by Irish Water to water supply projects in Co Donegal. This is a significant portion 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. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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