Griffin welcomes major investment in Kerry’s water system

Brendan Griffin TD Kerry
Tuesday, May 13th 2014

Griffin welcomes major investment in Kerry’s water system

Fine Gael Kerry TD, Brendan Griffin, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that more than €14 million is being invested in Kerry’s water system as part of Irish Water’s Capital Investment Plan 2014–2016.
“If we want to create and sustain jobs locally, a top quality water supply is essential. Irish Water has announced that it will invest more than €14 million in the upgrading and improvement of the water supply in Kerry. This is great news for local residents and local businesses.
“This will address many of the issues with our current ageing water system; the investment will end boil water notices and fix the high number of leaks within the system. At a time when water charges are set to be introduced, it is essential that we invest heavily in the system to ensure we can deliver a high quality water supply.
“In Kerry, the proposed Capital Investment Plan for the county includes 7 water supply schemes and 8 wastewater treatment schemes.
“Today’s announcement by Irish Water of their Capital Investment Plan is a good first step towards securing the future of water supply in Ireland. Currently over 20,000 people are on boil water notices in this country and many waste water treatment plants are not functioning to a proper standard.

“Nationally, Irish Water will oversee the delivery of more than 380 water infrastructure projects across the country over the next two years. We are changing the way we deliver water, to make the system much more efficient, reliable and user friendly.

“Irish Water will consistently maintain frequent upgrades of the system and will improve connectivity between treatment plants, so if there is a problem at one plant, we can replace the supply of water in that area using another plant.

“I look forward to significant improvements to Kerry’s water supply.”
ENDS Contact:Brendan 087-6528841
Note to Editors: Co. Kerry Water Supply Schemes:

Scheme Status 2014–2016
Central Regional Water Supply Scheme WTP: Advanced Works—Electrical Network Upgrade Continue in construction
Scart Reservoir Central Regional Water Supply Scheme Continue in construction
Central Regional Water Supply Scheme WTP: Advanced Works—Rising Main Facilitation Works Continue planning and business case review
Central Regional Water Supply WTP—Sheheree Reservoir Continue planning and business case review
Central Regional Water Supply Scheme WTP—DBO Continue planning and business case review
Kenmare Water Supply Scheme WTP—DBO Continue planning and business case review
Central Regional Supply Scheme WTP—Lissardboola Continue planning and business case review
Total projected spend €3,457,000.00

Co. Kerry Wastewater Treatment Schemes:

Scheme Status 2014–2016
Ballylongford Sewerage Scheme Wastewater Treatment Plant (WwTP) Upgrade Continue in construction
Waterville Water and Sewerage Scheme Continue in construction
Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme Review scope and commence construction
Tarbert Sewerage Scheme WwTP Upgrade Review scope and commence construction
Ardfert Sewerage Scheme WwTP Upgrade Review scope and commence construction
Kenmare Sewerage Scheme WwTP Upgrade Review scope and commence construction
Fenit Sewerage Scheme Review scope and commence construction
Castlemaine Sewerage Scheme Continue planning and business case review
Total projected spend €10,687,500

Existing wastewater treatment plants currently failing EPA monitoring will be addressed through process optimisation and minor capital investment where possible. Co. Kerry WwTPs that failed EPA monitoring in 2012:

Urban area Reason for failure WwTP (p.e.) Level of treatment
Abbeydorney No secondary 350 Primary
Ardfert No secondary 800 Primary
Ballyduff No secondary 800 Primary
Ballylongford No secondary 600 Primary
Castlegregory No secondary 500 Primary
Fenit No secondary 500 Primary
Knightstown No secondary 800 Primary
Lixnaw No secondary 300 Primary
Tarbert No secondary 800 Primary
Waterville No secondary 500 Primary

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