3 February 2020 Go back to News
Safe drinking water in Roscommon as last water supply is removed from the EPA’s Remedial Action List
Grangemore water supply removed from EPA's Remedial Action List
Over 1,600 water consumers in Roscommon received good news this week following the removal of the Grangemore water supply by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL). This comes days after Senator Frank Feighan officiated at a special event to mark the official completion of the extension of the Boyle Water Supply Scheme to Grangemore, which is supplied by Rockingham Water Treatment Plant, and the decommissioning of the Cavetown Water Treatment Plant in Grangemore amounting to an investment of €2.4m.
The latest report from the EPA shows that Irish Water has reduced the number of schemes on the RAL in Roscommon from 13 to zero since 2015.
What is involved?
The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Grangemore water supply was given the thumbs up by the EPA following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Roscommon County Council.
Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Drinking Water Compliance Specialist says “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 Roscommon. However in many areas, the scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water in ensuring the delivery of clean and safe water in the Northwest Region and throughout the country remains. Working in partnership with Roscommon County Council, Irish Water is delivering results with significant improvements being made year on year and we are delighted that all schemes in County Roscommon have been removed from the EPA’s action list.
“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.”
What are the next steps?
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.
For additional information on water supply projects in Roscommon and your local area visit our Projects and Plans section.