Kil­te­gan wa­ter up­grade sought

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

PLAN­NING per­mis­sion is be­ing sought to up­grade the Kil­te­gan Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

Ir­ish Wa­ter is seek­ing per­mis­sion to in­stall a per­ma­nent ni­trate re­moval sys­tem and a new wa­ter pro­duc­tion well.

A Do Not Con­sume no­tice was put in place for the Kil­te­gan Wa­ter Sup­ply Scheme last Jan­uary af­ter el­e­vated lev­els of ni­trate were de­tected. Res­i­dents were forced to use bot­tled wa­ter for drink­ing and food prepa­ra­tion for al­most seven months while works were car­ried out to re­solve the is­sue.

The Do Not Con­sume no­tice was lifted on July 9 last af­ter the in­stal­la­tion of a tem­po­rary ni­trate re­moval sys­tem.

An Ir­ish Wa­ter spokesper­son con­firmed that a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion had been made.

‘Ir­ish Wa­ter is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a safe, se­cure wa­ter sup­ply to homes and busi­nesses in Kil­te­gan and sur­round­ing ar­eas,’ they said.

A pro­posal from Ir­ish Wa­ter to up­grade the Kil­te­gan Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant has been wel­comed.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion is be­ing sought to in­stall a per­ma­nent ni­trate re­moval sys­tem and a new wa­ter pro­duc­tion well. Res­i­dents of the area had to use bot­tled wa­ter for drink­ing as the sup­ply was deemed un­safe for drink or food prepa­ra­tion due to el­e­vated ni­trate lev­els.

The Do Not Con­sume no­tice was lifted ear­lier in the sum­mer af­ter works to in­stall a tem­po­rary ni­trate re­moval sys­tem were com­pleted.

Speak­ing to this pa­per, Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins said he wel­comed the pro­posal to in­stall a per­ma­nent ni­trate re­moval sys­tem.

‘I would wel­come it so that the sit­u­a­tion doesn’t arise again,’ he said.

The wa­ter util­ity plans to con­struct a new kiosk to house a per­ma­nent ni­trate re­moval sys­tem, fencing, a new 4m wide gate, a wa­ter pro­duc­tion well, tanks and other associated site works.

Res­i­dents of Kil­te­gan were forced to use bot­tled wa­ter for al­most seven months af­ter a Do Not Con­sume no­tice for the wa­ter sup­ply scheme was is­sued. A tem­po­rary ni­trate re­moval sys­tem was later in­stalled and the Do Not Con­sume no­tice was lifted on July 9.

In a state­ment, an Ir­ish Wa­ter spokesper­son said, ‘Ir­ish Wa­ter, work­ing in part­ner­ship with Wick­low County Council is sub­mit­ting a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to up­grade Kil­te­gan wa­ter treat­ment plant. A tem­po­rary ni­trate re­moval sys­tem is cur­rently op­er­a­tional at the plant which en­abled Ir­ish Wa­ter and the HSE to re­move the “Do Not Con­sume” no­tice in July.

‘The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion pro­poses a per­ma­nent ni­trate re­moval sys­tem and a new wa­ter pro­duc­tion well.

Ir­ish Wa­ter’s pri­or­ity is the pro­vi­sion of safe, clean drink­ing wa­ter and safe­guard­ing the wa­ter sup­ply for the fu­ture is a vi­tal fo­cus.

Ir­ish Wa­ter is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a safe, se­cure wa­ter sup­ply to homes and busi­nesses in Kil­te­gan and sur­round­ing ar­eas,’ the spokesper­son added.

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