Irish Water has been granted planning permission for essential upgrade works to the Gort Water Treatment Plant to ensure a consistently high water quality for local homes and businesses.

Tender documents are currently being prepared and are expected to be advertised before the summer with a contractor due to be appointed and work to commence on site before the end of the year. The existing Gort WTP produces up to 1.4 million litres per day and the upgrade works are necessary to optimise and strengthen current plant operations to ensure a continuing supply of quality treated water to Gort town.

Explaining the benefits of the project Laura Heneghan, Capital Programmes Lead, said “The project is needed to strengthen and reinforce existing processes at the plant to ensure consistency in the quality of water supplied to the town of Gort. This project is also needed to ensure drinking water is provided in compliance with all of the regulations that ensure that consumers on the Gort water supply have a high quality water supply. The improvements will ensure that the plant has the flexibility to treat variations in raw water quality allowing for a more consistent treated water for local consumers.”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published business plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

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