News follows latest RAL publication as number of Galway schemes on the RAL reduce from 11 to zero

Over 8,500 water customers in County Galway received good news recently following the removal of the Ballinasloe water supply scheme 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 Galway from 11 in mid-2014 to zero.

RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’

The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Ballinasloe supply has been given the thumbs up by the EPA following an extensive €650,000 investment by us. The upgrade works included a new UV disinfection system, additional filters and an upgraded control system at the water treatment plant.

Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist

“The publication of the latest RAL by the EPA confirms that significant progress has been made in recent years in the delivery of clean and safe drinking water in County Galway. Major upgrade works are continuing in the county with upgrades underway at Gort, Spiddal and Oughterard water treatment plants. Works are also underway to connect Loughrea to the Luimnagh scheme which will ensure a high quality water supply for customers supplied by the Loughrea water supply. Working in partnership with Galway County Council, Irish Water is delivering results with significant improvements being made year on year and we are delighted that all schemes in County Galway have been removed from the EPA’s watch list.”

Pat added: “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."


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