IR­ISH WA­TER AP­PLI­CA­TION AIMS TO ‘SAFE­GUARD’ KIL­TE­GAN WA­TER

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

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.

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