IRISH WATER has announced details of the upgrade to the Gortahork/Falcarragh water supply scheme in North Donegal which will see the delivery of a new water treatment plant benefitting 5,000 consumers.
EPS have been awarded the contract which represents a €3.8 million investment in this area. This investment forms part of the overall €73 million committed by Irish Water to water supply projects in County Donegal.
The Gortahork/Falcarragh scheme is supplied from Lough Lagha, an upland lake. However, the existing water treatment plant is not adequate to address the risks to water quality and the scheme is subsequently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL).
This contract involves the construction of a new water treatment plant immediately adjacent to the current site. The new treatment plant will comprise a robust flocculation, coagulation and filtration process followed by disinfection. The new treatment plant has a design output of 1,800m3/day. The contract also includes a treated water storage reservoir at the treatment plant site, which will provide a much improved security of supply for the local residents. Works are due to commence at the end of 2016 and have an expected completion date in late 2017.
The project is being delivered in partnership with Donegal County Council.
When completed and tested this water supply will have the necessary treatment facilities in place to enable the scheme to be removed from the EPA’s RAL and will ensure that the 5,000 consumers in the Gortahork/Falcarragh areas receive a reliable supply of high quality drinking water.
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published 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.