29 March 2019 - Roscommon Go back to News
State of the art water treatment plant in North East Roscommon officially opened
Plant will ensure a clean, secure water supply for the local community
Irish Water and Roscommon County Council marked the official opening of the North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant following a €9.5m investment in a state of the art water treatment plant which will ensure a clean, secure water supply for the local community.
7,500 people to benefit
Over 7,500 people in Strokestown and the surrounding areas will benefit from a safer and more reliable water supply as a result of this investment.
Senator Maura Hopkins and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr Ivan Connaughton performed the official opening at the plant in the company of Deputies Michael Fitzmaurice and Eugene Murphy; Senator Frank Feighan; County Councillors; representatives from Roscommon County Council and Irish Water and other guests.
Removal of scheme from the EPA's RAL
The completed project provides comprehensive treatment facilities including a cryptosporidium barrier and has led to the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), a list which highlights at risk schemes.
Six new treatment plants in Roscommon
Following our investment of over €40m working in partnership with Roscommon County Council there have been six new treatment plants constructed in County Roscommon including Killeglan, Lisbrock, Boyle/Ardcarne, Roscommon Central and Arigna and this one in North East Roscommon. There have also been two major upgrades in Castlerea and North Roscommon. Ballinlough now receives its water supply from Lough Mask and a project to improve the quality of water for people living in Grangemore is currently underway. There is also significant work underway throughout the county through our leakage reduction programme.
Senator Maura Hopkins
“I am pleased to be here at the North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant for the official opening of this vital piece of water infrastructure. Providing a secure supply of clean, safe drinking water for local residents and visitors to the area is essential to the quality of life and development potential of the area. This investment in water infrastructure brings very significant benefits to this community now and into the future. This is one of six new treatment plants in Roscommon and it clearly highlights Irish Water’s, and the government’s commitment to the people of Roscommon and the West of Ireland.”
Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Ivan Connaghton
“I welcome this investment by Irish Water in North East Roscommon which will ensure that area has a safe, secure and reliable water supply. The completion of this project has facilitated the removal of the North East Roscommon supply from the EPA’s RAL and gives assurances to local people and visitors alike that the drinking water here is of the highest quality.”
David McLoone, Infrastructure Programme Manager with Irish Water
“We are delighted to officially open the new water treatment plant here in North East Roscommon. This upgrade of the plant was necessary to address the water treatment issues and ensure a secure and sustainable supply of quality drinking water for the local community. This project demonstrates Irish Water’s ability to deliver on its commitments to resolve water quality issues around the country and specifically in this case in County Roscommon. When Irish Water took over responsibility for provision of water services in 2014, there were 25,000 people in Roscommon on a long term Boil Water Notice and over 40,000 people supplied from 10 water supply schemes that were on the EPA’s RAL for inadequate water treatment. Following an investment of over €40m by Irish Water in water treatment in Roscommon, today, there is nobody in the county left on a long term Boil Water Notice and by the end of 2019 there will be no supplies in Roscommon remaining on the EPA’s RAL.”
Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in our Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.