BREAKING: Safer, more secure and cleaner water supply for Thurles in €16.6m investment

Anne O'Grady

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Anne O'Grady

Thurles will receive a safer, more secure and cleaner water supply after Irish Water announced today that, in partnership with Tipperary County Council, it has signed a contract to replace 10 existing water treatment plants which are vulnerable to water quality issues.

The project will involve the construction of a new water treatment plant at Killenyearda, along with intake works and a pumping station at Rathkeenan and associated mains.

A contract has been signed with Glan Agua Limited to deliver the project and construction is due to get underway in the coming months.

Commenting on the project, Irish Water’s Programme Manager Lisa Cogan said: “Irish Water and Tipperary County Council are pleased to be progressing this project which is essential in order to provide clean, safe drinking water for local businesses and residents.

“The project represents an investment of €16.6m in Tipperary which will benefit the community now and into the future. It will also enable the realisation of benefits from previous investments in the network and reservoirs in the Thurles Regional Water Supply Scheme.”

Irish Water spent over €526 million on water and wastewater services in 2017. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.