Over 200 people in South Kerry received good news this week following the removal of the Caherdaniel water supply by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL).
Irish Water has removed 38 water supply zones from the EPA’s RAL in Kerry since 2015, benefiting a population of over 97,000.
In partnership with Kerry County Council, Irish Water upgraded the Caherdaniel water treatment plant and installed pressure filtration units and a UV disinfection system.
The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Caherdaniel supply has been given the thumbs up by the EPA following extensive investment and upgrade works.
These upgrade works have removed the risk from Cryptosporidium, THMs and aluminium and will ensure that the community in Caherdaniel have a safe, secure, reliable water supply.
“The publication of the latest RAL by the EPA confirms that whilst improvements have been made in many areas, the scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water in ensuring the delivery of clean and safe water in Kerry and throughout the country remains,” Irish Water’s Regional Compliance Specialist, Deirdre O’Loughlin said.
“As a single national utility, Irish Water has been able to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of Ireland’s drinking water treatment plants and focus investment where the risk to our customers is highest. Nationally Irish Water has adopted a prioritised programme of works which will require an investment of €2 billion by 2021. Significant improvements are being achieved year on year by this approach right across the country.”