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  • by Karma Loveday

Irish Water reassures ministers over drinking water treatment

Irish Water has reassured ministers that its audit of the state’s 25 largest drinking water treatment works has found that all are operating normally.


The audit was ordered by the government following two incidents involving the supply of unfit water from water treatment plants run by local authorities on behalf of the publicly-owned water company. Over 50 consumers fell ill and some had to go to hospital. In the worst incident inadequately disinfected water went into the public supply for a week.


Irish Water is now recruiting a national operations management centre team to monitor key site operations and operation on a 24/7 basis. Specialist technicians from the company have been appointed on a long -term basis for each of the water treatment plants run by local authorities. A central telemetry system linking all the treatment plants electronically is being installed. And refresher training is underway for all water treatment plant staff.

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