A €3.8m water treatment system has been officially opened in south Donegal.
The new treatment system at the Owenteskna Public Water Supply has a new state of the art water treatment plant and reservoir and includes UV disinfection to mitigate against the risk of contamination from Cryptosporidium.
Last month the water supply, which serves Owenteskna and Kilcar, was removed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from its Remedial Action List (RAL).
Irish Water and Donegal County Council today marked the official opening of the Owenteskna Water Treatment Plant that will benefit almost 3,000 consumers in the South West Donegal area safeguarding the water supply for the future.
The new plant will benefit homes and businesses in South West Donegal covering the area west of Killybegs including Kilcar, Carrick and Glencolumcille.
Chairperson for Donegal Municipal District, Councillor Michael Naughton, officiated at the opening by unveiling a plaque at the site of the new plant.
Explaining the detail of the new scheme David McLoone of Irish Water said: “This water scheme is supplied from Lough Nalughraman, an impounded upland source which provides a good quality raw water supply. Before the new treatment plant was constructed, the water supply received minimal treatment consisting of screening and disinfection. As a result, the Owenteskna/Kilcar Water Supply scheme was placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List.”
The construction of this state of the art water treatment plant on this new site at Owenteskna means that the raw water is now treated more effectively including robust coagulation, flocculation, and clarification process followed by filtration and UV disinfection.
Commenting at the official opening event Eamon Gallen, Irish Water MD added: “This new treatment plant will greatly benefit the future development of homes and businesses in the South West area of Donegal. The new plant will ensure a secure safe water supply which meets all EU and Irish standards for almost 3,000 consumers. The new treatment plant has a design output of two million litres per day and also includes a reservoir for treated water storage on site.”
“I would also like to thank Donegal County Council for their partnership in delivering this facility”
This project forms part of the major investment of €73 million committed by Irish Water to water supply projects in Co Donegal and forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s business plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.”