12 February 2020 Go back to News
Two water supplies in Kerry have been removed from the EPA’s Remedial Action List
Barraduff and Shrone supplies have been given the thumbs up by the EPA
Over 1,500 water consumers in Kerry received good news recently following the removal of two water supplies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL). The latest report from the EPA shows that Irish Water has reduced the number of schemes on the RAL in Kerry to four.
The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The supplies in Barraduff and Shrone have been given the thumbs up by the EPA following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Kerry County Council. Works are continuing on water supplies still on the RAL with a view to having them removed from the RAL as soon as possible.
What is involved?
Paul Cremin, Capital Programme Regional Lead says “The publication of the latest RAL by the EPA confirms that whilst improvements have been made in many areas, the scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water in ensuring the delivery of clean and safe water in Kerry and throughout the country remains."
“As a single national utility, Irish Water has been able to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of Ireland’s drinking water treatment plants and focus investment where the risk to our customers is highest. Nationally Irish Water has adopted a prioritised programme of works which will require an investment of €2 billion by 2021. Significant improvements are being achieved year on year by this approach right across the country.”
Works continue on remaining supplies
Irish Water is committed to ensuring that all of its customers have safe, clean drinking water. It is working in partnership with Local Authorities to address the issues affecting the water supplies which remain on the RAL and to bring them to a standard where the EPA determines that they can be removed.
The RAL is updated quarterly by the EPA for those water supplies where investment in treatment processes is required. Irish Water has a prioritised programme of investment for all schemes on the RAL.
Irish Water is also about to commence a €300,000 upgrade to water supply infrastructure in Knightstown on Valentia Island. Increased storage will be provided to safeguard the security of water supply to the village and surrounding townlands during peak seasonal periods. The project will be carried out by Shay Murtagh Precast Ltd., in conjunction with Kerry County Council and will take a number of months to complete.