Irish Water to begin major Skibbereen supply scheme
Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is to begin work on the €28 million Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme in the coming weeks.
EPS has recently signed the contract to deliver the project, which is expected to take 18 months to complete.
As a result of the investment, approximately 7,000 people in the areas of Skibbereen, Drimoleague, Schull, Leap and Sherkin Island will benefit from the improved drinking water quality and a more secure water supply.
The Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme area is currently supplied with drinking water from five separate water treatment plants in Ballinlough, Ballyhilty, Drimoleague, Lake Cross and Skeagh.
The water treatment plants in Drimoleague, Skeagh (near Schull) and Ballinlough (near Leap) have inadequate treatment facilities and are consequently included on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List – the list of ‘at risk’ water supplies. As a result of the upgrade, these three plants will be decommissioned.
The other two water treatment plants in Ballyhilty and Lake Cross will be retained, upgraded and expanded to become the sole sources of supply for Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme.
The project will also involve the construction of new treated water storage reservoirs in Drimoleague, Schull, Leap and Sherkin to provide increased security of supply to customers. Existing defective water mains and water mains with insufficient capacity in Drimoleague, Castledonovan, Schull, Leap and Bluid will be replaced.
Gerry O'Donnell, regional programme lead with Irish Water, said: "The upgrades to the Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme will address its water quality treatment deficiencies, which will enable the removal of 7,000 people from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List.
"These works will provide a secure and sustainable supply of quality drinking water to Skibbereen, Drimoleague, Schull, Leap and Sherkin Island."
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