All of Galway’s drinking water supply schemes declared safe by EPA

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People in Galway can enjoy a glass of water with peace of mind as all water supply schemes here have been removed from the EPA’s remedial action list.

The number of water supply schemes in Galway that were declared unsatisfactory by the RAL list has declined from 11 in 2014 to zero now as of the publication of the latest list from the EPA.

The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water.

The Ballinasloe Water Supply Scheme covering 8,500 was removed from the list after several years on the back of a €650,000 investment by Irish Water.

The upgrade works included a new UV disinfection system, additional filters and an improved control system at the water treatment plant.

Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said that significant progress has been made in recent years in delivering safe, reliable drinking water in Galway.

“Working in partnership with Galway County Council, Irish Water is delivering results with significant improvements being made year on year and we are delighted that all schemes in County Galway have been removed from the EPA’s watch list.”

Upgrade works are underway at Gort, Spiddal and Oughterard water treatment plants, and work has also begun to connect the Loughrea water supply scheme to the Luimnagh scheme.

Dr O’Sullivan said that by working with the county council Irish Water “delivering results with significant improvements being made year on year.”

Irish Water is investing €2 billion in a programme of upgrades to the nation’s aging water infrastructure by 2021.

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