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Smear Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

Uisce Éireann has completed works to upgrade the water treatment plant in Smear, Co. Longford to benefit over 4,500 customers in Aughnacliffe and the surrounding area.

Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Longford County Council, has upgraded the water treatment plant in Smear, Co. Longford. This project will benefit over 4,500 customers supplied by the Gowna Water Supply Scheme to ensure the delivery of a clean, safe drinking water source and remove the area from the EPA's Remedial Action List (RAL).

The water treatment processes at the plant were inadequate in protecting against the formation of elevated concentrations of Trihalomethanes (THMs). The upgrade has modernised and improved the water treatment process at the plant and will facilitate the removal of the water supply from the EPA's RAL.

The works were carried out by Veolia Water Ireland on behalf of Uisce Éireann. The project was delivered under the Early Contractor Involvement Programme.


A young boy drinking a glass of water

What was involved as part of this project?

As part of this project, Uisce Éireann:

  • Constructed a new flocculation tank and refurbished the existing clarifier.
  • Refurbished the existing sand filters.
  • Upgraded the chemical dosing infrastructure.
  • Upgraded the monitoring instrumentation systems.
  • Upgraded the control, telemetry and automation processes.

What are the benefits of this programme?

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

  • Enable the removal of the Gowna Public Water Supply from the EPA's Remedial Action List (RAL).
  • Ensure the delivery of safe, clean drinking water to residents and businesses in the surrounding area
  • Improve water quality and water treatment standards
  • Improve the control and reliability of the Water Supply
  • Ensure compliance with current drinking water quality regulations.

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