Massive Investment of €30 million for Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme

Massive Investment of €30 million for Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme

Over 60,000 Kerry Residents and 1.2 Million Tourists to Benefit

March 4th  2016

Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has received confirmation from Irish Water that €30 million investment in the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme has been approved.

Deputy Griffin has been told that the works will include the construction of a new Water Treatment Plant at Lough Guitane together with associated upgrade and refurbishment works on existing infrastructure.

The Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme provides water to 9 water supply zones, all of which are currently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List (RAL) arising from the absence of a robust treatment system incorporating a Cryptosporidium barrier or because of elevated levels of Trihalomethanes (THMs), a problematic by-product of the disinfection process .

The Kerry Central scheme serves over 62,000 people on a permanent basis and an estimated 1.2 million visitors annually.

The new Water Treatment Plant will provide 51 million litres of treated water per day to the communities of central Kerry including Tralee, Killarney, Castleisland, Castlemaine and an extensive rural area across the county. The delivery of this project will ensure that more than 62,000 people will be removed from the RAL and will provide a safe and secure water supply in relation to industry, agriculture and tourism.

Deputy Griffin has welcomed the funding as an important investment in Kerry’s water infrastructure and said that this will complement the multi-million euro mains replacement works that are underway in the Mid-Kerry area after years of neglect and under-investment.

He added that the investment would also help minimise the risk to Kerry’s tourism industry from threats such as Cryptosporidium, which has badly affected tourism in other parts of the country in the past in places such as Galway.

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Further information from Brendan on 087 6528841

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