Irish Water today marked the official opening of the Leenane Water Treatment Plant following a €1 million investment by the national utility which will provide Leenane with a clean and secure water supply, benefitting 200 local residents.
The official opening was performed by Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources along with students from Leenane National School who were delighted to take part in the ceremony and celebrate the fact that they now have access to a clean and reliable water supply.
Irish Water invested almost €1 million at the Leenane Water Treatment Plant to make the necessary upgrades. Due to the inadequate water infrastructure, Leenane was issued with a boil water notice in July 2015. Following the investment in the water treatment plant by Irish Water the boil water notice was lifted by the HSE, on budget and ahead of schedule, in August 2016.
Diane Carroll, Water Capital Programme Lead with Irish Water said: “The Leenane Water Treatment Plant now provides year-round protection against the range of contaminants found in raw water. Irish Water is delighted the supply will now be in a position to be removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List (RAL) which is the list of ‘at risk’ water supplies across Ireland. The latest RAL was issued just this week and Leenane has been referenced as having the necessary works completed and Irish Water is confident that the supply will soon be removed from the RAL.
“Irish Water is particularly delighted to be joined here today by the students from Leenane National School. Having access to a clean and reliable water supply is a basic requirement for every community and it is great to say that these children joining us here today can look forward to that info the future,’’ Diane concluded.
Speaking at the official opening Minister Kyne said: “The investment in Leenane Water Treatment Plant by Irish Water will provide a safe and secure supply of water of the highest standards to Leenane and the wider locality. Such a water supply is essential for residents but also for local businesses and the local tourism industry.
“Projects such this one in Leenane show beyond doubt that the establishment of Irish Water has been the right thing to do and that the new system is providing much-needed investment in our water services."
Galway County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Michael Connolly, added: “I welcome this investment for Leenane and congratulate Irish Water. More of this type of investment is needed around the country to bring Irish drinking water up to EU and world class drinking standards. I acknowledge that we need more of this type of investment to ensure the health and safety of our communities.”
The upgrade works in Leenane include the installation of a coagulation, flocculation, and clarification process along with filtration and disinfection.
The coagulation and filtration processes provide a robust removal barrier for microbiological and physical/chemical contaminants.
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The Irish Water Business Plan has earmarked almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021.