Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

HOMES and busi­nesses in Louth and Meath, served by the Staleen wa­ter treat­ment plant and the Drum­con­rath pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply, are be­ing ad­vised that their sup­ply is ‘at risk’.

Ir­ish Wa­ter have said that the wa­ter, which sup­plies 72,000 cus­tomers, is still safe to drink.

In the past, Ir­ish Wa­ter only con­tacted homes and busi­nesses if there was a prob­lem with their drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply that was likely to cause an im­me­di­ate risk to health.

How­ever, the re­cent Wa­ter Services Pol­icy State­ment 2018 -2025, called for bet­ter en­gage­ment with, and greater trans­parency for peo­ple us­ing pub­lic wa­ter sup­plies.

In South Louth and East Meath homes and busi­nesses will re­ceive a let­ter to tell them that their wa­ter sup­ply is af­fected by el­e­vated lev­els of THMs (Tri­halomethanes) and poor Tur­bid­ity re­moval.

THMs are chem­i­cal com­pounds which can form over time when nat­u­ral or­ganic mat­ter such as twigs and leaves, re­act with the chlo­rine nec­es­sary to ad­e­quately dis­in­fect wa­ter sup­plies in or­der to make the wa­ter safe to drink. Tur­bid­ity is a mea­sure of the cloudi­ness of wa­ter.

Ir­ish Wa­ter, is in­vest­ing €14 mil­lion to up­grade the Staleen Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant which treats wa­ter from the river Boyne. These up­grade works are al­ready un­der­way and are sched­uled to be com­pleted in mid-2019. This pro­ject will pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade of treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties at the Staleen WTP to ad­dress and rem­edy any de­fi­cien­cies in the treat­ment plant. The works in­clude the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an en­hanced co­ag­u­la­tion treat­ment process to limit THM for­ma­tion and im­proved fil­tra­tion to im­prove tur­bid­ity re­moval.

In the Drum­con­drath pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply scheme, homes and busi­nesses will re­ceive a let­ter to tell them that their wa­ter sup­ply is also af­fected by THMs. Ir­ish Wa­ter are pro­gress­ing with plans to change the wa­ter sup­ply for these homes and busi­nesses so in fu­ture they will be sup­plied from the Ardee Pub­lic Wa­ter Scheme. These works are sched­uled to be com­plete by early 2021.

Speak­ing about the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion cam­paign, Mark Macau­lay, As­set Plan­ning Man­ager at Ir­ish Wa­ter said, “Ir­ish Wa­ter has worked closely with the EPA to iden­tify the pub­lic wa­ter schemes that need a plan or ac­tion to im­prove their wa­ter treat­ment. We are pri­ori­tis­ing our in­vest­ment in these treat­ment plants. Pro­vid­ing safe, clean drink­ing wa­ter for all in South Louth and Meath is our first goal.

“We wish to as­sure ev­ery­one we are writ­ing to in Louth and Meath that their drink­ing wa­ter is safe to drink. We mon­i­tor and test our sup­plies on a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis and if this mon­i­tor­ing in­di­cates a po­ten­tial wa­ter qual­ity is­sue we con­sult with the HSE. If the re­sults from our mon­i­tor­ing pro­grammes in­di­cate any po­ten­tial risk to pub­lic health from the drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply we in­form the pub­lic im­me­di­ately. If any­one has any ques­tions or con­cerns they should con­tact Ir­ish Wa­ter.”

If mem­bers of the pub­lic have any ques­tions they can call Call­save 1850 278 278 or +353 1 707 2828 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

The Staleen plant

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