€3.8m Mountain Stage water works set to start

Tadhg Evans

Irish Water said that Veolia is to begin works on a new €3.8million water-treatment plant for the Mountain Stage Water Supply scheme this month, and the project is set to be complete in a year.

In information outlined at a South and West Kerry Municipal District meeting in Kenmare recently, Irish Water explained archaeological and site-clearance works for the project are underway.

A €500,000 upgrade to the treatment process at Kilgarvan Water Treatment Plant is due to finish late this year, while upgrade works at Lauragh will be carried out later in the year.

On wastewater projects in the municipal district, a flow/loading survey finished in Kenmare in August, and a planning application for the €10m project will be lodged later this year.

The construction of this is planned for 2021.

A €1.3m construction project in Castlemaine is planned for next year, while an application for funding of €400,000 for improvement works in Kilgarvan went into Irish Water recently.

It was also explained that minor works of a combined value of over €1.2million have been carried out on the Mid-Kerry Water Supply Scheme, Dún Chaoin, Castlecove, Caherdaniel, and Castlemaine. The Castlemaine project was the largest of these, with three kilometres of water mains replaced at a cost of almost €470,000.

Request have also gone in for two jobs replacing almost 10 kilometres of mains in the Mid Kerry Water Supply Scheme, with the projects' combined value at more than €2million.

Works are underway on eight uncompleted projects which are valued at almost €1million combined.

The largest of these projects covers the provision of a reservoir, 1.8 kilometres of rising main and 650 metres of distribution mains at Knightstown.

Irish Water confirmed that the pipes for this project have been laid and that the planning process for the reservoir is complete.

This went to tender last month, the national water utility explained.