Multi-million euro plant cleans bacteria infected Irish water

A €9.8M water treatment plant featuring Ireland's largest membrane filtration system was officially opened last week.

Around 30,000 residents could not drink tap water for four years or risked illness if they did

Around 30,000 residents could not drink tap water for four years or risked illness if they did

John Gormley, minister for the environment, heritage and local government, officially opened the Ennis Water Treatment Works at Drumcliff, Ennis, County Clare last Friday (April 23).

The project was developed after the discovery of cryptosporidium in the local water source in 2005.

Cryptosporidium, also known as Crypto, can cause diarrhoea and other related illness in humans and other mammals drinking the water.

Since the plan started operating in late 2009 a drinking water alert, in place since 2005, was officially lifted in December last year.

The plant will provide high quality drinking water to around 30,000 people in Ennis town and the neighbouring areas of Barefield, Crusheen, Clarecastle and Doora.

The project has been co-funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government and Clare County Council under the National Development Plan.

Clare County manager, Tom Coughlan, said: "The Ennis Water Treatment Works greatly enhances the quality of potable water being provided to householders and business alike."

Luke Walsh

Tags



Topics

Water
Click a keyword to see more stories on that topic, view related news, or find more related items.

Comments

You need to be logged in to make a comment. Don't have an account? Set one up right now in seconds!


© Faversham House Ltd 2010. edie news articles may be copied or forwarded for individual use only. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.