Main­te­nance works car­ried out at 10 Wick­low reser­voirs

Bray People - - NEWS -

IR­ISH Wa­ter in part­ner­ship with con­trac­tor EPS and Wick­low County Coun­cil, re­cently car­ried out a pro­gramme of main­te­nance work on ten reser­voirs across County Wick­low ben­e­fit­ing 5,000 peo­ple.

A na­tional pro­gramme is un­der way across Ire­land to in­spect the con­di­tion of reser­voirs and carry out any main­te­nance that may be re­quired.

The project in Wick­low was part of a na­tion­wide pro­gramme of in­vest­ment.

It was out­lined by Ir­ish Wa­ter that such main­te­nance to the county’s reser­voirs is es­sen­tial to pro­tect public health and the in­spec­tions en­able the util­ity to carry out any works which may be re­quired.

Ac­cord­ing to Ir­ish Wa­ter, the reser­voir main­te­nance pro­gramme has safe­guarded the qual­ity of the drink­ing wa­ter for peo­ple served by the Cool­boy/ Coolafancy, Hol­ly­wood, Kil­te­gan, Knock­ananna, Knock­a­nar­ri­gan, Rath­dan­gan, Strat­ford, Val­ley­mount/Bal­ly­knockan, Barn­dar­rig and Thomas­town reser­voirs and in­creased the se­cu­rity of the wa­ter sup­ply for the peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties serve by th­ese reser­voirs.

To fa­cil­i­tate the main­te­nance work, the reser­voirs were emp­tied and al­ter­na­tive wa­ter sup­plies were put in place through the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter tankers.

The works at each reser­voir took be­tween two to five days to com­plete. Once the reser­voirs were drained down an in­spec­tion was car­ried out to de­ter­mine if any up­grade work was re­quired. All the reser­voirs were cleaned dur­ing the pro­gramme.

Ger Brady Re­gional En­gi­neer at Ir­ish Wa­ter said: ‘Ir­ish Wa­ter is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a high qual­ity and se­cure wa­ter sup­ply for the peo­ple of Wick­low. It is im­por­tant for us to in­spect all our as­sets and carry out es­sen­tial main­te­nance work.

‘We wish to thank cus­tomers for their co­op­er­a­tion and pa­tience while this project was car­ried out. This pro­gramme is an im­por­tant part of our on­go­ing in­vest­ment in the wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture in County Wick­low,’ said Mr Brady.

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