Irish Water is moving forward with a number of short and medium term plans to address issues with the regional water supply in Whitegate where a boil water advisory is currently in place.
Crews from Irish Water and Cork County Council are on hand to carry out operational work to fix problems with the sewage treatment plant in a bid to lift the boil water advisory which is currently in place. place as quickly and safely as possible.
This can take several weeks and in the meantime the boil water advisory remains in place until further notice.
Along with this, the utility has confirmed that it is looking for a permanent solution to address long-term issues. This involves a major upgrade to the water treatment plant which will ensure safe and reliable drinking water for customers of the Whitegate regional public water supply.
A detailed scoping study for the new processing plant has been completed and a contractor has recently been appointed, as part of our early contractor engagement framework, to undertake the design and construction. The proposed works will include a new coagulation, flocculation and clarification system, a new filtration system and a new disinfection system.
Significant improvements will be made to other aspects of the Kilva Water Treatment Plant site. Due to the nature of the project, land acquisition, planning approvals and other legal consents may be required, and the timelines shown reflect this. The design process has started and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. After that, the project will enter the detailed design phase. Irish Water is targeting early 2023 for the submission of a planning application to Cork County Council, if required.
Subject to the planning process, construction is expected to begin at the site in 2024. However, as with all projects involving some level of land acquisition, planning, etc., timelines can be difficult to predict. . Further updates will be made available as the project progresses.
Irish Water’s Chief Operating Officer Pat Britton said:
We are delighted to advance Whitegate’s long-term plans. This significant investment in water infrastructure is needed to end the frequent boil water advisories that communities in East Cork have experienced in recent years. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Cork County Council and the local community on delivering this vital project in the years to come.
At this time, the boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice to protect our consumers. We fully understand the frustration of the community and can assure everyone that we are working tirelessly to resolve the issues affecting the treatment plant. It is also possible that further boil water advisories will be imposed on the Whitegate regional water supply in the coming months if the raw water source is affected by weather conditions. We apologize again for the inconvenience caused.
Irish Water understands the disruption caused by this issue and thanks customers for their patience as we work to restore normal supply to all affected customers. The Irish Water helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also reach out to us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website.
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