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10/12/18 Inishowen water investment will safeguard the supply and ensure compliant water for all customers


Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, is progressing works to upgrade some of the essential processes at the Illies Water Treatment Plant in Inishowen, Co Donegal to safeguard the water supply for customers served from this plant.


Upgrade works to the computer systems and power supply backups are being undertaken by TES Group on behalf of Irish Water as part of a €500,000 investment. These works are necessary because the existing systems in the plant are out of date, and these upgrade works will enable Irish Water to continue to deliver safe drinking water, by reducing the risk of shutdowns and outages at the plant. The works are scheduled for completion in June 2019.


Commenting on this project, Martin Temple, Irish Water said: “The works will secure the water supply from the Illies Water Treatment Plant, while ensuring we provide compliant water to our customers in the Inishowen area. We are delighted to be delivering this project as part of our wider investment in water and wastewater services in Co Donegal.


“It is a priority of Irish Water’s to protect the health of all of our customers and these works will ensure this treatment plant is providing a clean and robust water supply which is critical for the county’s economic and social development.”


As part of the project, Irish Water will complete a detailed assessment of the site; upgrade the backup power supply system; develop and commission a new computer control system and replace cables; install new monitoring devices to improve the measurement of raw (pre-treated) water quality and onsite flows; install new pumps to improve the efficiency of the treatment process on site; set up a web server so the plant can be controlled from off-site if needed; and complete all mechanical, electrical and civil engineering to facilitate the work.


This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

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