21 November 2016 Go back to News
Waterford residents to benefit from improved and more reliable drinking water as Irish Water improves efficiency of water treatment
Waterford residents are to benefit from improved drinking water quality and greater security of supply for customers in affected areas as Irish Water, working with Waterford County Council, is set to reduce the number of Water Treatment Plants by decommissioning four older or smaller plants in the county.
A contract valued at €1.2 million has been awarded to Mallwood Ltd will involve the installation of 11km of new water mains and enable the decommissioning of four water treatment plants, with the networks to be supplied from the Aglish Water Treatment Plant. In line with this, an investment of €55,000 is also being made in upgrading the Aglish Water Treatment Plant. Construction works have now commenced and are expected to be completed in late 2017.
Commenting on the project David Sharry, Southern Minor Programmes Specialist, said “Reducing the number of water treatment plants serving the area will result in improved drinking water quality, reduce water supply disruptions and allow for operational efficiencies by serving the customer from one upgraded Water Treatment Plant following the decommissioning of the older/smaller plants."
He added “Customers in the affected areas will be notified of planned water interruptions as houses are connected to the new water main. To date, all disruptions have been minimal and every effort will be taken to ensure this remains the case as the work progresses.”
The treatment plants to be decommissioned as part of this contract are as follows:
- Cooneen Dromore Water Treatment Plan
- Dromore Upper Water Treatment Plan
- Geoish Water Treatment Plant
- Shean Water Treatment Plan