IRISH WATER APPLICATION AIMS TO ‘SAFEGUARD’ KILTEGAN WATER
IRISH WATER is proposing to drill a new production well as a back-up supply source as part of the upgrade of the Kiltegan Water Treatment Plant.
Residents of the area were forced to use bottled water for drinking and food preparation for almost seven months after a ‘Do Not Consume’ notice was put in place last Christmas. The notice was lifted in July last after a temporary nitrate removal system was installed.
Speaking about the application, Ivan Corcoran, Capital Programme Lead, said: ‘Irish Water is aware of the inconvenience caused to homes and businesses by the Do Not Consume Notice that was in place until July. The installation of an additional water treatment process, an interim nitrate removal system, allowed Irish Water, and the HSE, to remove the notice.
‘Irish Water will now progress a permanent solution, and have applied to install a permanent nitrate removal system to safeguard the water supply in Kiltegan,’ he said.
Ryan Hanley Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Irish Water, has submitted a planning application for the construction of a new kiosk to house a permanent nitrate removal system, including nitrate removal filter with brine system, installation of 2.4m high paladin fencing for segregation of area containing nitrate kiosk, provision of new 4m wide access gate for entering area containing nitrate kiosk, installation of 2 no backwash, waste storage GRP tanks, drilling and M&E fitout of production well within 12” diameter casting to 7 metres below ground level (mbgl) and 8” diameter casting from 7m - 70mbgl as a back up supply source as may be required in the future, all associated ancillary site development works above and below ground.
The planning application notes that the temporary nitrate removal system was installed subject to a planning exemption.
‘This was so as to provide a temporary solution until a permanent measure is introduced.’
The document states that the temporary nitrate removal system will be decommissioned ‘when the proposed permanent nitrate removal system is in place.’
Permission is also being sought for the drilling and fitout of a production well ‘if required at a later stage.’ A trial well was drilled in early 2019 and the application says there is ‘no current plan to convert this trial well into a production well.’
Submissions on the proposal can be made in writing to the planning section of Wicklow County Council before the closing date of October 21.