38 water supply zones removed from EPA’s RAL in Kerry since 2015

Over 200 people in Kerry received good news last week following the removal of the Caherdaniel water supply by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL). Irish Water has removed 38 water supply zones from the EPA’s RAL in Co. Kerry since 2015, benefiting a population of over 97,000.  

The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Caherdaniel supply has been given the thumbs up by the EPA following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Kerry County Council.

We upgraded the Caherdaniel Water Treatment Plant and installed pressure filtration units and a UV disinfection system.

Risk of Cryptosporidium, THMs and Aluminium removed

These upgrade works have removed the risk from Cryptosporidium, THMs and Aluminium and will ensure that the community in Caherdaniel have a safe, secure, reliable water supply.

Regional Compliance Specialist, Deirdre O’Loughlin, said “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.”

Committed to ensuring all our customers have safe, clean drinking water

Irish Water is committed to ensuring that all of our customers have safe, clean drinking water. We are 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 more information on our upgrades across the country, visit our Projects section. 


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