Ir­ish Water in­vest €30m in its Kerry treat­ment plant

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

OVER 62,000 peo­ple and an es­ti­mated 1.2m tourists an­nu­ally will now have a safe se­cure sup­ply of water thanks to the open­ing of a new water treat­ment fa­cil­ity in Kil­lar­ney this week.

Fur­ther­more, the open­ing of the new Kerry Cen­tral Re­gional Water Treat­ment Plant at Lough­gui­t­tane just out­side Kil­lar­ney, on Tues­day means that Kerry is now com­plaint with Euro­pean en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has re­moved the sup­ply from its Re­me­dial Ac­tion List which is a list of ‘at risk’ water sup­plies.

The new €30m water treat­ment fa­cil­ity will sup­ply Kil­lar­ney, Tralee, Castleis­land and Castle­maine.

Work be­gan in 2016 and took al­most two years to com­plete and in­cluded con­struc­tion of a new water treat­ment plant and as­so­ci­ated up­grade works on ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

The new plant, which pro­vides 51 mil­lion litres of water a day, has a hy­dro­elec­tric power tur­bine for the in­take of water, state-of-the-art water fil­tra­tion, dis­in­fec­tion, chlo­ri­na­tion and flu­o­ri­da­tion ca­pa­bil­ity; as well as ca­pac­ity to store 15 mil­lion litres of treated water (the equiv­a­lent of six Olympic sized swim­ming pools).

Tourism min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin and Mayor of Kerry Cllr Norma Fo­ley per­formed the of­fi­cial open­ing at the plant in the com­pany of Moira Mur­rell, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Kerry County Coun­cil, Mike Quinn CEO of Ervia, Ea­mon Gallen Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Kil­lar­ney Na­tional Park.

Mayor Fo­ley said it is great to see Ir­ish Water in­vest­ing in Kerry.

“It is great to see Ir­ish Water in­vest­ing in projects such as this. I look for­ward to more days like to­day when we will again see in­vest­ment that will de­liver up­graded fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices to the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Kerry.”

Min­is­ter Grif­fin also wel­comed the in­vest­ment which he said is one of the coun­try’s largest plants and will have sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for the area.

The new plant has also been short-listed in the En­gi­neer­ing Project of Year in En­gi­neers Ire­land Ex­cel­lence Awards.

Photo: Don MacMona­gle

Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin and Mayor of Kerry Norma Fo­ley with Ea­mon Gallen, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ervia and Mike Quinn, CEO Ervia en­joy­ing a drink of pure water at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Ir­ish Water and Kerry County Coun­cil’s €30m Kerry Cen­tral Re­gional Water Treat­ment Plant at Lough Gui­tane, Muck­ross, Kil­lar­ney on Mon­day.

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