Irish Water invest €4m in Kerry

Irish Water says it has invested over €4m to address wastewater issues in Kerry.

The Utility made the claim following the publication of a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency on the state of Ireland's waste water treatment network.

The EPA report shows that a substantial and sustained increase in investment in waste water treatment infrastructure is needed to eliminate discharges of raw sewage into the water supply.

According to the report raw sewage is still discharging straight into lakes, rivers and the sea in 43 areas, and the planned delivery of treatment plants at half of these areas has now been delayed by an average of almost two years.

Kerry fared well in the report with no areas in the county found to be in breach of safe effluent standards.

However the report did identify Kilgarvan as the sole 'urban' area in the county where "improvements are needed to resolve priority issues."

The report also noted that a new treatment plant has been built at Ballylongford.

A spokeswoman for Irish Water, which took over responsibility for waste water treatment plants from 2014 said investment was increasing.

"The report is a timely reminder of the decades of under investment in wastewater infrastructure in Ireland and the impact that this has had on communities all around the country including Kerry," the spokeswoman said.

"Using the EPA figures, published today, it is clear that between 2000 and 2010 €270m annually was invested in wastewater infrastructure in Ireland. But she said from 2011 to 2013, there was a 50 percent drop in investment in wastewater infrastructure to €136m."

"When Irish Water took over responsibility in 2014, the national utility set about reversing that trend," she said.

Kerryman

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