Works on south Leitrim water supply still require verification

Irish Water
Repair works which have taken place on the South Leitrim regional water supply have been completed but verification is required on its effectiveness, according to a report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week.

Repair works which have taken place on the South Leitrim regional water supply have been completed but verification is required on its effectiveness, according to a report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week.

The report, entitled ‘Drinking Water 2013’, states that works to improve the operation of the plant, which serves 11,000 people, to include improvements to filter management had been completed, but conformation of the effect of the works was yet to be submitted.

The document also stated that upgrade works on the Lough Gill regional supply which caters for 3,700 people were due to finish this month.

Works have been carried out on eleven plants across Roscommon, with upgrades to the Boyle and Ardcarne plants, which supplies 6,000 people, due to be completed this month.

An EPA direction was issued in September 2013 to install a cyrptosporidium barrier by August 2014. An audit in September 2014 found work was 70 percent complete. Last month, it was reported that the works were 92 percent complete.

No completion date has been given for works on the Ballyfarnon plant which caters for 200 people. The upgrade to the north Roscommon regional supply, serving 5,750 people, is not due to be completed until December 2017 however.

The study also reported that there were no boil water notices issued during 2013 in County Leitrim.

Nationally, it was found that 99 percent of water samples taken from public supplies complied with standards. A total of 140 supplies serving almost one million people are in need of upgrades. Of these, 21 will not be completed until after 2016.