Irish Water is progressing with plans to provide for a new Water Treatment Plant at Killeenyarda near Holycross. This is the final critical element of the Thurles Water Supply Scheme. When the scheme is completed the reservoir and other infrastructure already in place as part of the Thurles Water Supply Scheme will be brought into use, maximising the benefits to local communities.
The project involves the construction of a new water treatment plant, the provision of a new source from the River Clodiagh and a new pumping station. Water mains will be constructed to connect the new water intake to the proposed water treatment plant at Killeenyarda as well to connect to the Thurles network. Irish Water has now submitted an application for planning for the construction of the water treatment plant to Tipperary County Council.
The project has many benefits to the customers. It will ensure a reliable, safe and secure source of drinking water for communities in and around Thurles by replacing existing water sources at Knockalough, Lugnafulla and Tobernaloo, all of which are vulnerable to contamination. It will provide a much improved water quality and security of supply by providing a single supply source catering for the demands of water in the Thurles area and environs.
These works follow on from works completed in 2014 including a new reservoir at Garrynamona and 41km of water mains as part of the Thurles Regional Water Supply Scheme. Subject to satisfactory statutory procedures, it is expected to start construction in 2017 and have the necessary infrastructure in place in 2019.
Commenting on the works to be carried out, Gerry O’Donnell, Regional Programme Lead said, “Irish Water has set out a clear commitment to invest in upgrading our water infrastructure to address vulnerable water sources across the country. This planned investment of €15 million in the Thurles Regional Water Supply Scheme will provide a single, secure source of reliable drinking water eliminating the current reliance on dispersed localised sources that are vulnerable to contamination.”
Irish Water will spend €532 million on water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. 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 prioritized to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s 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.