Irish Water and Tipperary County Council have today welcomed the official opening of the Fethard Water Supply Scheme which will result in over 7,000 local customers benefiting from a more secure and reliable water supply.The new water treatment plant in Fethard was developed as part of a €15.2 million investment by Irish Water in South Tipperary, which also included the upgrade of the Burncourt Water Supply Scheme.
Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, was in Fethard for the official opening and unveiled a plaque to mark the event at the new water treatment plant on Friday.
The Fethard Water Supply Scheme involved the construction of a new 6,500 cubic metres per day water treatment plant, a 6,500 cubic metre reservoir, approximately 4km of pipelines, new river intake works on the Anner River and associated site works. The new plant is supplied by four different water sources.
The Fethard Regional Water Supply Scheme, which dates back to the 1950s, serves the towns of Fethard and Killenaule together with a large rural area of approximately 480 square kilometres extending northward from Slievenamon to the North Tipperary border.
The completion of the plant last October enabled the lifting of long-standing boil water notices and the subsequent removal of the Cloran and Gortnapisha supplies from the EPA’s Remedial Action List.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in the Cloneen Sports and Social Club, Jerry Grant, Managing Director of Irish Water, said: “The investment in upgrading this water supply scheme in Fethard will have significant long term benefits for all our customers in the area, providing a much improved water supply that meets all health standards and supporting agricultural, commercial, rural and community development.
“Combined with the recently opened Burncourt Water Supply Scheme, this represents an investment of over €15 million in Co Tipperary by Irish Water. In addition to this, we have invested over €7 million in the rehabilitation of 18.3km of water mains in the area, notably in the historic town of Fethard. This work is all part of Irish Water’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure water supply for communities and businesses.”
Minister Coveney commented: “I am very pleased to open this Water Treatment Plant in Fethard today. This investment by Irish Water will ensure that the community can enjoy a secure and reliable water supply now and into the future.
“This investment in water services is essential to ensure the health and wellbeing of the local community while also enhancing the potential for future social and economic development in this region.”
Leas-Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Louise McLoughlin, said: “I welcome this investment in the Fethard Water Supply Scheme to bring the quality of drinking water in the area up to the highest standards. Having a quality water supply is essential for residents as well as local businesses and farmers.”
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s 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.
Other significant investments by Irish Water in Co Tipperary include the upgrade of the Burncourt Water Supply Scheme; investment to improve water quality and reduce leakage on the scheme serving Temple-etney, Killurney, Graigue and Ballypatrick; progress of the Thurles Regional Water Supply Scheme, to be tendered in 2017; and an upgrade of the Clonmel Water Supply Scheme and associated storage, while planning for a major new scheme based on abstraction from the River Suir at Marlfield.