Wednesday 18 September 2019

Water 'does not meet EU standards'

Bray, Greystones and Enniskerry are among 10 water supplies in County Wicklow with elevated THM levels above the standard in drinking water regulations.

THMs or trihalomethanes are chemicals formed by the reaction of naturally occurring dissolved organic material and chlorine which is used for disinfection in order to protect against pathogenic bacteria.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in County Wicklow over 109,000 people are using water supplies where there are elevated level of THMs.

Other locations around the county include Roundwood, Wicklow Regional, Kilcoole, Newtown, Newcastle, Windgates, Aughrim and Annacurra. Irish Water said that they will invest €200 million to upgrade the Vartry water treatment plant.

Planning permission has been submitted to Wicklow County Council seeking permission for a new water treatment plant on the site of the existing plant at Vartry. Work is expected to start in 2017 and will take three years to complete.

The new treatment plant, along with other planned upgrades to the existing site, will secure the water supply for the long-term and ensure the scheme continues to meet standards. Arklow, Avoca, Ballinclash and Kilmacanoge water supplies are also on the EPA's remedial action list with action to be taken by Irish Water.

Wicklow People