Lough Forbes Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

Irish Water is due to commence works as part of an upgrade to the water treatment plant at Lough Forbes which will benefit over 19,000 customers in Longford.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Longford County Council, is upgrading the water treatment plant at Lough Forbes, Co. Longford. This project will benefit over 19,000 customers supplied by the Longford Central Water Supply Scheme and ensure the continued delivery of a clean, safe drinking water source and increase treatment capacity to allow for future growth in the area.

The planned upgrades will optimise the treatment process at the plant and will provide for increased capacity allowing for further growth. The works are being carried out by Veolia Water Ireland on behalf of Irish Water and is being delivered under the Early Contractor Involvement Programme.

In Progress

What is involved as part of this project?

As part of this project, Irish Water will:

  • Construct a new clarification (DAF) tank
  • Upgrade the existing sand filters
  • Upgrade the chemical dosing infrastructure
  • Construct a new treated water tank and pumping station
  • Upgrade the monitoring and instrumentation systems
  • Upgrade the control, telemetry and automation processes
  • Upgrade the used wash-water and sludge treatment process

What are the benefits of this programme?

The upgrade works carried out as part of this project will:

  • Ensure the continued delivery of safe, clean drinking water to residents and businesses in the surrounding area
  • Provide increased capacity at the WTP, ensuring reliability of supply
  • Improve the control and reliability of the water supply

What is happening now?

​Works are due to commence in the coming weeks and are planned to be complete in Q1 2022. We will endeavour to keep you updated as the project progresses.

This project forms part of a larger investment in water treatment plants across Longford, including similar upgrade works at Smear and Lough Kinale Water Treatment Plants.

Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.