Members of Irish Water, Kilkenny county council & Glan Uisce with Councillors Maurice Shortall & John Brennan
Members of Irish Water, Kilkenny county council & Glan Uisce with Councillors Maurice Shortall & John Brennan

Irish Water, in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council, has been carrying out specialised cleaning of the water distribution network in the Castlecomer area to address long-standing issues with manganese build-up in the pipes.

The specialised cleaning of the water network known as ice-pigging involves pumping an ice solution into the pipeline under pressure to remove any built-up sediments and deposits. This is a very effective way to remove manganese deposits and will lead to a much clearer water supply for customers in the area.

To minimise the occurrence of manganese in the water, Irish Water have taken a three pronged approach to improve the situation for customers;

  1. Cleaning of water storage reservoirs.
  2. Improvements to the water treatment processes.
  3. Cleaning of the trunk mains on the water supply network.  
Councillor’s Maurice Shortall & John Brennan looking on as ice solution comes out of network
Councillor’s Maurice Shortall & John Brennan looking on as ice solution comes out of network

The work has been carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Glan Uisce Environmental Solutions Ltd (GUESL) in the Moyhora, Clogh, Moneenroe areas of Castlecomer with most of the works undertaken at night to minimise disruption to customers along the network.
Councillor’s Maurice Shortall and John Brennan were on site this afternoon and welcomed the investment and indeed the works. Speaking at the site, Councillor Shortall said;

“These have been frustrating times in the North East Kilkenny area with intermittent discolouring occurring despite the best efforts of our local caretaker who has had to contend with low levels in the reservoirs and an outdated treatment plant at Loon, Castlecomer.” He went on to thank Irish Water, SUEZ and Glan Uisce Environmental Solutions LTD.

Irish Water is continuing to examine solutions to address the manganese issue in the longer term, including the option of identifying a new source of raw water. However this is a long-term investment requiring significant forward planning, design and lead-in time. It is hoped that the actions outlined above will help to reduce the discolouration issue in the interim. We would like to thank our customers and elected representatives in Clogh and Castlecomer for their patience, engagement and support while we work to address this issue.

Customers with queries or concerns should contact Irish Water at 1850 278 278. To learn more about water quality view our Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

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